When the leaves starts to fall in your garden and the breeze of the air starts to sting the skin because of its coldness, then, this is nature’s way of saying that winter is just around the corner. This also means that taking care of your garden is now a priority that should not be taken for granted. So, before winter finally sets in, it is wise to manage your garden and prepare it for the winter so that when the cold weather arrives, you can just relax in your homes without worrying about your gardens condition.
5 How-To’s in Preparing Your Garden for winter
1. How to Prepare Perennials for winter
How do you prepare your perennials for the winter? Here’s how to do it.
- After frost, cut your perennial stems to soil level. This will remove the eggs and spores of the garden pests that still linger in your plants.
- All dead plant debris must be cut and made into compost to be used as organic matter that will add nutrients to the soil.
- Put winter mulch into your soil once the ground freezes. This will prevent rodents and other garden pests from nesting into your garden.
- To keep the soil warm and moist even during winter, and to protect the plants that are still growing in your garden, put mulch around them. Pine needles, chopped leaves, and shrubs are the best mulch to be used.
2. How to Prepare Bulbs for winter
The most important thing to remember on how to prepare your bulbs for the winter is to make sure that your garden soil does not crack and shift due to the freezing temperature. To avoid shifting and cracking of soil, put mulch around your bulb beds. This will keep the soil warm and moist which is very important for your bulbs.
3. How to Prepare Trees for winter
Trees in the garden should also be protected during winter. Wrapping the trunks and stems of your trees with tree-guard products will do the job. You can also shade or use burlap screens to your trees to control the damage that is brought about by the cold wind of winter.
4. How to Make Leaf Mold
Creating a leaf mold will encourage the growth of helpful bacteria that is beneficial to the soil. It will also enrich the soil and in turn makes the crops that will be grown in the soil have a better quality and more yield during harvest. Making leaf mold is easy. If you have an empty composting bin, you can use this to pile up leaves and to keep them contained so that the breakdown process can start. You can also assemble your very own leaf mold container by building a very simple structure using chicken wires and used boards. Also, keep your leaf mold wet at all times. This will help in the growth of fungi which is essential in the success of your leaf mold.
5. How to Control Weeds
You can use your leaf mold to control the growth of weeds in your garden during winter. To do this, just spread your leaf mold in your garden. The leaf mold will block the sun making it impossible for weed seeds to germinate.