Winter garden preparation
With winter quickly approaching, you need to make sure your garden is prepared from the harsh cold and frosts. This will make your job much easier when spring eventually arrives and you will be thankfully for the prior planning and care you have put in. Here are a few tips to help you through the winter season.
Be sure to remove weeds and annuals from your garden. On shrubs and trees, remove diseased leaves, but pruning is not recommended.
Cut back perennials
These should be cut back to 6 to 8 inches above the ground. These will keep your garden looking neat and tidy and save a lot of hard work in the spring.
Mulching protects plants from the drastic temperature change that winter brings and insulated them against the cold. Make sure you don’t do this too early though, as it can encourage diseases and pests. Mulch can be made up of dried leaves, pine needles, shredded bark etc and 4 to 6 inches is sufficient.
Winter proof containers
This can be done by wrapping bubble around the containers and covering the soil with mulch.
Prepare new ground
Winter is the ideal time to dig over new beds and boarders, ready for spring sowing. This can be done as long as the ground isn’t frozen or water logged.
Clean and store tools
Clean out old pots and seed trays ready for the spring. Clean and sharpen tools and store in a dry place for winter. All of your gardening equipment should be put away in your garden shed for the winter to protect it from damage.
If your shed is leaky, this water can ruin your gardening tools and other equipment. Make sure your shed is in a good condition for the winter weather. If you are looking for a new shed, Asgard has a wide range all made from weatherproof steel to protect stored items.