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Simple Guide to Prepare your Garden for Winter Season

How To Prepare Your Winter Garden In 15 Steps

If you’re in your first year of gardening and need a little help on how to be ready for the harsh winter season, you’re in the right place.

What you need to know, first of all, is that winter isn’t as bad as you perceive, its just another season. Obviously not all plants can survive the cold weather, the frost, and the snow. But similarly, even summer heat and heavy rainfall are harsh for most plants. See, there is nothing to panic about. We all make some mistakes but that’s how we learn something new. It may seem like a little extra work for the very first time but once you get a hang of it, you’ll understand the importance of every little detail. All you need is a good step by step guide to follow and you’re good to go.

So for you to start preparing your garden for the winter winds the very first thing you need to tackle is cleaning. Go gather your tools and a pair of extra hands to help because this will need some work. But trust me you will see great results around springtime.

 

1. Grab a leaf rake and start collecting the fallen dry leaves from the ground.

Collect it in a pile and then transfer them to a trash bag, you can also use them for composting as well.

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2. The next step is to weed out and remove all the unwanted plants from the garden.

This will obviously open up spaces in the garden. If you leave them untamed for long they can spread their roots quite deep, so the sooner you pull them out the better.

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3. For those of you with beautiful lawns like this.

You can mow and aerate it starting November but that depends on what type of lawn you have. You may not even have to mow if the grass doesn’t grow too fast.

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4. Grow cover-crops over the ground to protect the soil all-throughout winter.

Frost can badly affect the soil, so you need a good cover-crop that’ll keep it safe and it also looks good at the same time.

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5. If you’re not using cover-crops make sure you use a good mulch.

Mulch protects the soil by adding nutrients slowly in them as the days past by, and they also help the soil from washing away.

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6. After the first clean up you will need to do it one last time before winter actually starts.

This is during the end of the fall season, where everything starts to die and fall off.

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7. If you have any broken garden equipment, now is the time to fix them up.

Or it could even be garden furniture, an irrigation pipeline, etc.

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8. After thoroughly planning out everything, you can store away for the next season.

Clean and dry summer bulbs and tubers properly and store them away safely.

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9. Winter flowers have a magic of their own and can add colors to the dull and dark winter season.

Some examples are; California Poppy Mix, Dahlia Unwin Dwarf, Daisy Double Mixed, Lupin Dwarf Mixed, Petunia Nana Compacta, Verbena Mixed, Delphinium Mixed, Gazania Mixed, Phlox Drummondii Mixed, etc.

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10. With all the collected green waste, you can make your own compost.

Seal them properly and place them in a corner for next season.

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11. Even though winter is starting you can prepare your spring seed inside.

You can lookout for the best deals and then purchase what kind of supplies you need for the coming season.

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12. You can always involve your kids during this seed planting.

They will definitely get to learn a new craft and understand the life of nature at a young age.

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13. After all the work is done, clean your gardening tools properly, and keep them inside.

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Doing this will protect them from damaging and rusting.

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14. After all the planning, cleaning, and gardening is done, do collect the results in a written note.

This will help for future references and will also be the guide for the many years to come in your gardening life.

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15. Time for some winter barbecue, so warm up the grills.

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The best duo ever, hot and cold. You can make an array of vegetables and meat cuts to have the best barbecue Sunday afternoon.

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