Although most people think of gardening in the summer, winter can actually be a great time to get some upkeep done on your garden. Winterizing your garden will help ensure that it’s in tip-top shape when spring arrives and you’re ready to get growing again. Follow these simple steps to winterize your garden so you’ll be able to use it throughout the year.
1) Choosing the Right Plants
Gardens are amazing in spring and summer, but it’s easy to forget about them when they’re covered with snow. Luckily, it doesn’t take much effort or expense to prepare your garden for winter; all you need is some planning. Now is a good time to take stock of what plants you’ve got in your garden (if you can remember). Do any of them require special attention in cold weather? Be sure to make note of where everything is planted so that you don’t have too much trouble finding them again.
2) Rake up the leaves – keep your garden clear
As winter approaches, it’s time to make sure your garden doesn’t get buried under heavy piles of leaves. Make an early-season note of which plants are still flourishing, then remove any dead or dying ones after they are decimated by frost. Rake up fallen leaves throughout your yard, ensuring that important plants like shrubs don’t become covered.
3) Check the health of your plants
Fall is a great time of year for gardeners and landscapers. If you’re an avid gardener, it’s not uncommon to put in a few hundred hours of work over spring and summer, only to see your plants suffer in winter. Before packing up your gardening tools for the season, check that each plant is healthy and hasn’t been affected by pests or disease. The best way to do that is by getting down on your hands and knees for a good look-over; you might be surprised at what you find hiding in crevices and hidden among leaves.
Composting is a great way to put fallen leaves and yard waste back into your garden soil. Compost not only adds nutrients back into your soil but also helps improve drainage, aeration, water retention and more. You can make compost out of all types of organic materials including kitchen scraps, grass clippings, leaves and more. Making your own compost also reduces waste by keeping all of these items out of landfills. If you’re having trouble working with your backyard space in winter, start with creating compost for next year’s growing season by adding all organic material into your compost bin during your next cleanup session!
5) Design your garden layout – think about garden furniture (all ready for summer)
There are multiple ways of incorporating garden furniture into your garden design. One option is to create a focal point with a garden bench, outdoor sofa or dining table and chairs. This is ideal if you have a large yard that can accommodate an extra piece of furniture, as it will become a natural destination for guests. Just make sure you choose patio furniture which suits both your budget and taste. Our adirondack chairs are a great solution!
As winter comes around and many of us enter our first winters as full-fledged gardeners, we can’t help but wonder how we’re going to take care of our precious green friends. We’ve got you covered! We hope these five tips will help you keep your garden healthy through winter, and give you an abundance of life in the spring and summer!