Maintain your garden through winter

2018-05-22 06:00

YOUR garden needs a little help to thrive through the winter. Put a little love and care into your outside space and it’ll come up in spring all the more beautiful.

Here are some tips for taking care of your garden over the winter.

1. HAVE A CLEAR OUT

Make sure your plant beds are clear of all dead foliage and cut away any dead stems. This will prevent the spread of rot. It will also stop insect eggs from growing and spreading.

2. TAKE IT INSIDE

If you have green tomatoes, bring them inside over the winter. They will not be able to survive the cold weather of winter.

3. TIDY IT UP

Winter is a great time to give your garden a tidy up. Clean and sharpen your gardening tools and perform any repairs needed.

4. MULCH THE GARDEN

The best way to keep your garden thriving through the cold winter months is to create a mulch to cover your soil. This protects it from excessive cold and repeated frosts.

The best thing to create mulch with is fallen leaves. A layer of leaves is a clever way for nature to protect itself against the cold. It will keep the garden at a consistent temperature.

Collect fallen leaves and leave them to rot, as leaf mould also discourages weeds. Then spread a layer of mulch over the soil around your plants, vegetables and flowers.

5. ROSES

If you keep roses, don’t fertilise them after late summer. Don’t prune or cut blossoms — you don’t want to stimulate growth as it will just die at first frost.

If there is deep freeze coming, you might want to build a burlap shelter as added protection, as well as the mulch.

6. SAVE THE TREES FROM WINTER

If you have any young trees, you should protect the softer trunks with tree protectors. This will keep them safe from any animals that might try to gnaw and damage them throughout winter.
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The best thing to create mulch with is fallen leaves. A layer of leaves is a clever way for nature to protect itself against the cold. It will keep the garden at a consistent temperature.

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