Top Winter Gardening Tips to Keep Your Garden in Good Shape
With gardening, many of us tend to ignore our gardens in the winter months. Yes, the weather is not ideal to grow anything much in the garden, but we definitely need to take care of the plants and trees so they remain in top condition for the spring and summer months.
Here are my top winter gardening tips for your garden:
Arm yourself with as much information as you can get about the expected weather conditions. Get an estimate of when frost is likely to set in and the approximate depth of the frost line. You can then set out to prepare your garden to survive the winter weather.
Clean garden tools and equipments
Do make sure all the gardening tools which you used are cleaned up properly before you store them away for the winter. Oil all the metal parts to prevent rust from setting again. Remove all the dust and the rust from the tools, pots and pans. If necessary, use mild a detergent and disinfectant to get the job well done. Make sure all the tools are dried thoroughly before they are stored. This will save you extra work when you have to take up gardening again in the spring.
Care for Bulbs
As mentioned in the first point, you will have to remove the bulbs from your garden before the frost sets in. If you live where it gets very cold, it’s ideal to dig out the bulbs and store them in a cool, dark place in your garden shed. If it’s a bit warmer, you can remove, separate and replant the bulbs for maintenance. Ensure that you add a fertilizer like bone meal in the soil when you plant the bulbs for faster root growth.
Cover them up
Protect young trees and plants from the frost by covering them well with a cloth or sack. Do not use plastic or any other material to cover them as these might trap extra moisture and thus damage the plant inside. A sturdy fabric covering is always ideal as it keeps out the frost while providing proper ventilation.
Don’t forget the Garden Structures
Check and clean your garden structures like fences, sheds and greenhouses. Also check for any signs of decay or wear and tear which might not be able to withstand the rough winds and cold.