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  • 10 Easy Ways to Protect Your Garden Against the Winter Weather

    Posted on 16/09/13 by in Blog
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    Winter is not exactly the most exciting time of year for gardeners, but few people realize how really destructive winter weather can be to the plants you have cared for most of the year. There are several steps you can take to better protect your garden during the winter so that all of your hard work did not go to waste.

     

    Clearing Out

     

    When temperatures begin to drop during fall many plants either die or prepare for dormancy. However, if dead limbs and foliage are allowed to remain during the winter months, they can harbor plant diseases that could affect future plants. Pull out and rake away all dead leaves, limbs and foliage so that your plants will have a fresh start during the next growing season.

     

     

    Mulching

     

    Mulching during the spring provides important nutrients for your plants during their growing season. Mulching again in the fall provides protection for the dormant plants. It is important that the temperature remains even during the fall and winter. You may not be able to keep the soil temperature exactly warm, but the mulch can keep the soil a more even temperature.

     

     

    Don’t Be Afraid of the Snow

     

    Do not be overly concerned about snow covering up your garden during the winter. A thick snow cover can provide insulation for your plants like a mulch as well.

     

     

    Tree Care

     

    If you are concerned about the survival of your fruit trees or flowering trees during the winter, there are a few things you can do to help improve their chances. If you live in an area that gets heavy snow fall you will need to stake up newly planted tress to help protect them from the weight of the snow. You will need to make sure to knock off the branches of well-established trees once the snow has fallen to prevent any limbs from breaking beneath the weight of the snow as well.

     

     

    Bulb Care

     

    For flower beds consisting of bulbs you will find that a covering of fir boughs will go a long way to protect these picky plants. The fir boughs will prevent the soil from shifting beneath the weight of snow cover which can be detrimental to bulbs. The fir boughs will also help maintain an even temperature during the cold months.

     

     

    Storing Bulbs

     

    If you have successfully grown tender bulbs you may want to consider storing them. In order to do this properly you will need to dig up the bulbs, dry them on newspaper for several weeks and then store them in containers covered in sand or sawdust.

     

     

    Take Notes

     

    This is a good time to evaluate what worked for you and your garden during the growing season and what did not. Gardening is often trial and error. Each year you will discover new tricks that work great for you and your garden and soil type. Keep a journal of this information. It will be very valuable to you when the spring rolls around next year to help you better plan out your next gardening experience.

     

     

    Pay Attention to the Critters

     

    Many gardeners also find winter a great time to note what animals pay visits to their garden. Snow cover can make this easier as you can better see their tracks. These clues will help you better protect your garden during the growing season as you will know what animals might be a threat to your plants.

     

     

    Check Your Water Source

     

    Make sure that your watering source or pump is winterized and ready for the harsh temperatures as well. A frozen pump can not only be a head ache, but also an expensive fix as well.

     

    Socialize

     

    During the winter season take some time to join a gardening club. Gardening clubs are a great way to socialize, make friends, and generate new ideas for your garden. Many gardening clubs also combine together to help the community with their gardening talents.

     

    Rounding up

    There you have it, 10 great ways to protect your garden from winter weather. It’s also worth thinking about your garden furniture, even your fences – we tend to get a lot of customers calling us up in January when they’ve realised that their wooden fences just haven’t gone the distance.

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