Get Your Garden Ready For Winter
As autumn comes to a close and winter draws near, most people think that the dormancy in their yard means they can just take a step back and wait for the last frost to thaw.
However, taking the time to prepare your garden for the coldest months of the year can save you a lot of time and frustration once spring comes. Today, we’ll be talking about how to get your garden prepared for winter. Let’s get started!
Clean Up Dying Plants and Remove Slimy Leaves
Pull out any damaged or insect-ridden plants. Also, remove spent annuals. Removing spent plants from the soil can prevent pests from wreaking havoc once spring comes.
When you bury old plants in your garden, they can also add organic matter which can improve the health of your garden beds.
Be sure as well to remove any slimy leaves that insects might want to make their cold weather home in as you get your garden ready for winter.
Trim Down Perennials
If you have perennial plants in your garden, don’t forget to trim them down. Unlike annuals, these plants will lay dormant in the winter but come back once the weather becomes warmer.
Cut them back just before the first frost leaving 4 to 6 inches above the ground. This will help energy stores of the plant to move to the roots, ready to be used once spring arrives.
Tidy Up Paths and Pavements
Just like keeping your house clean it’s important to get your garden ready for winter by “straightening up” a bit. Clean up any leaves and debris that gathered in your garden.
Give your pavements a thorough clean as well with a brush and some soapy water to make sure that it is safe to walk on it during the winter months.
Don’t Forget to Lay Down Some Compost
Keep your soil healthy during the winter by laying down a layer of compost between 4 to 6 inches deep. Not only will this enrich the soil in time for spring but it will also help regulate the temperature of the soil in your garden.
Mulch Your Garden Beds
Don’t forget to apply mulch to your garden. Use materials like bark chips, shredded bark, straw, evergreen boughs, and other loose, coarse-textured organic materials. This can help protect the roots of perennials that lay dormant during winter.
Add Trimmings to Your Compost Pile
Don’t forget to add any leaves you’ve raked up to your compost pile. The greenery contains vital nutrients that your soil can benefit from.
Prepare Your Garden Tools
Even if you won’t be spending a lot of time outside in the snow with your tools, it’s still a good idea to keep them clean during the winter. Using a coarse metal brush, scrape off dirt from the metal parts of your tools. Wipe them with a dry rag and then rub any rust away with sandpaper.
It’s not hard to get your garden ready for winter, but it is an important step that shouldn’t be overlooked. It will make things easier in the spring and your garden beds will thank you for it by flourishing.
How do you prepare your beds for winter? Please share any tips you have in the comments below. We’d all love to learn from each other.
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