Autumn has gone and the temperatures have finally started to drop paving way for the fall. While the gardening season may have come to a close but this doesn’t mean that you stop taking care of your garden. The winters can be brutal for your plants, shrubs, and trees in your garden and it becomes more than imperative for you to step out and take some corrective actions so you can sail through the summer and blossoming season again. In this post we look to provide you some handy tips that will help you prepare your garden for the winters:
- Clear up the rotting and finished plants:
The first and foremost task at hand should be to get rid of all the old, finished and rotting plants from your garden. This is not just to pave way for new plants and vegetables but also clearing up all disease harboring plants and funguses. Old and rotten plants attract unwanted insects that could feed on the plants and lay eggs on the plant’s leaves. Clearing them out from now will help your soil become disease free. You can break this task up over time and clear this on a regular basis until it is all clean and ready for the next batch of crops.
- Get a soil test:
Before the winter comes knock on your doors, make it a point to get a soil test done to help understand if your garden can benefit from adding of more nutrients, compost or if it requires an adjustment of pH. Getting soil tests has many advantages and can tell you a variety of things like the level of organic matter, potassium, sulfur, magnesium, phosphorus and the amount of lead content in the soil. This doesn’t involve much cost and can help determine important features needed in your soil. One of the common ingredients used to improve the quality of the soil is the use of fertilizer and lime. Adding these ingredients will help improve the quality of the soil during winters whilst other nutrients can be further added once the spring season sets in. How about doing shopping for your garden this fall? With Gtech discount code, you can now avail the latest Gtech garden products for the best prices.
- Feeding the soil:
There has been a long-standing debate amongst gardening experts over the use of compost this time of the year just before the fall. Many of the gardeners have a concern that the winter rains could kaput their plans and affect the quality of their compost by sucking out its ingredients. However, the rain actually helps wash all the nutrients into the organic soil and more than anything else, this would be the perfect time to use more compost. The fall remains the best time to dig in soil amendments like manure, kelp, rock phosphate etc. Adding nutrients now will help enrich the soil making it biologically active. For gardeners who feel skeptical over the use of digging the soil to feed it compost and essential nutrients and help cover that bed with plastic sheets to prevent it from winter rains. This can be then removed during the spring season again.
- Plant cover crops and bulbs:
Winters are a great time to plant cover crops like clover, rye etc as this help increase the organic matter in the garden beds and also helps prevent soil erosions while adding nutrients to the soil. This, however, needs to be done after careful consideration and keeping in mind the good fall crop that would be well suited to the climate of your area. Perennials are also a great companion of the winters and can stay for many seasons, provided that they are taken care of properly. For many perennials, the blooming portion of the plant dies and therefore needs to be removed completely. If you have indeed decided on growing perennials then make sure to water them from time to time. Once the ground has frozen during fall, ensure that you cut the perennials to a size of 3 inches and if possible, mulch them with dried straws and leaves.
- Prepare the trees and shrubs:
Your trees and shrubs could use some protection this fall. You can shield them with different materials and needs to be done carefully. A good rule of thumb is to use frames and stakes around the plants and shrubs. One can use a variety of materials in this regard like old blankets, drapes, plastic, cardboard boxes etc. If you have potted plants at home then they can be pulled under the awning for to shield them from the cold. Even as simple as a thing as a tarp wrapping does a great job of shielding.
So there we have a comprehensive breakdown of some of the best ways to prepare your garden for the coming winters. Happy holidays everyone.