Winter Gardening Jobs You Can’t Afford To Ignore
The winter is never kind to gardens. Practically every species has to go into survival mode, and everything cuts back on all but the most essential activities. Plants look bare and lifeless.
It can be tempting to leave your garden chores until the spring arrives, but that’s not a good idea. Winter is a great time to prep that ground for the year ahead, carry out essential cleaning, and begin planting for the warmer weather.
Order Your Seeds
Not much grows in the wintertime which makes it a great opportunity to create a growing schedule for the year.
Research all the plants that you’d like to have in your garden and then write down when you need to sow them in your calendar.
Once you have your timetable laid out, start ordering. Sometimes, you’ll need to grow saplings in a nursery before they’re able to survive outside full-time.
Prune Trees And Shrubs
Winter is also an excellent time of the year to prune back your shrubs and trees. There are a couple of reasons for this.
- When the leaves are off the trees, it is easier to see the shape of the underlying plant, allowing you to prune it more accurately.
- When you prune trees in the winter, they are less likely to develop an infection, which is more of a risk in the spring and summer
Pruning can be a lot of fun, and you can experiment with different shapes. Then, when the summer finally arrives, you’ll be able to see the fruits of all your hard work.
Clean Your Patios And Decking
Leaves tend to fall off the trees and turn to mush during the latter months of the year. And while this is perfectly natural, it can have all sorts of deleterious effects on your patios and decking. Eventually, they build up a kind of thick, green residue that looks awful.
According to Renew Crew, though, there’s a simple solution: just pressure wash them in the winter.
Pressure washing is a useful technology and doesn’t involve the use of any chemicals. A hose just sprays a jet of water at the material at high speed, removing any scum buildup.
Plant Your Borders
Winter is also a great time to rethink overgrown herbaceous borders. Plants like lavender can look great for a season or two. But eventually, they’ll become overgrown and start dominating the rest of your garden.
If you can, try drawing a detailed plan of your garden and work out precisely where you’d like all your borders to end. Consider, if you can, the height plants are likely to reach in the summer months when they are at their most prolific.
Trim Lawn Edges
Your lawn won’t grow much over the winter. But by the time the spring rolls around, it’ll be in desperate need of a trim.
Most gardeners find that it’s a good idea to trim the lawn edges in the winter to prevent annoying overgrowth once the days start getting longer. It doesn’t take long, and it means much less work in April time.
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