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Depending on where you are in the world, impending winter could mean your garden is about to perish. There’s a lot of preparation that has to be done if you want it to survive the winter months intact. Any perennials and plants that don’t die off during autumn become dormant. So how can you help keep those plans alive until spring rolls around? Here are a few tips to help.
With plants dying off throughout autumn, your lawn is likely littered with debris. Leaves pour off deciduous plants during this period and can be quite a hassle to rake up. Break out your leaf blower and get them cleared away in short order.
If you don’t already have a leaf blower, check out the different kinds made by manufacturers like Ryobi ; you’re sure to find one to get the job done. You can then attack the garden beds and pull out any dead plants. This creates room for new ones and allows you to head off any diseases that might hurt your plants.
Trees and Shrubs
Young trees will need to be protected during the colder months until they can start properly growing again in spring. The fastest way to protect them is with a simple length of chicken wire. Take the wire and create small circles around the tree. You should leave a bit of room so the tree can move and grow but it should also be close enough that any birds or creatures can’t get in there and gnaw it to pieces. Cloth screens can also be used to shield low shrubs from harm.
The onset of winter is the perfect opportunity to make life difficult for weeds. Start by keeping your summer and spring-blooming plants separate and plant new perennials that can start growing in spring. Set up a proper compost for any green waste, but make sure any actual dead or diseased plant life goes directly in the bin. If your ground is prone to freezing, scatter some winter mulch over any bare soil and keep your winter-growing plants properly shielded.
Your veggies are going to be rather vulnerable during this season if the area you live in isn’t temperate. Any harvest crops like potatoes, pumpkins and onions should be brought in. Root crops like carrots, sprouts and the like can stay where they are until it starts getting really frosty. If you have to leave them in the ground during winter then make sure you bed them down with lots of thick straw and chopped leaves.
Create Your Own Leaf Mould
Leaf mould is a fantastic soil conditioner and it’s really easy to create yourself. All you need to do is rake up any fallen leaves in your yard and stack them into a pile until they start to decompose. The difference between this and compost is that your leaf mould is ready to go when the leaves are only half-decomposed. Once it hits the sweet spot – mostly rotted but with a few bits of leaf remaining – it’s ready to disperse over your garden beds.
These are just a handful of the ways you can prepare your garden for winter. Much of what you need to do to help it survive until spring will also help you regrow when the temperature starts to climb again. And if you are looking for more inspiration for your garden, whatever the season, be sure to check out my Garden & Outdoors board on Pinterest.
What are your best winter gardening tips?