I don’t usually look forward to the winter because I know all my beautiful flowers are going to die. The only comforting thing is knowing that I have the spring to look forward to and all the gorgeous blooms will surprise me once again. Making sure your garden is protected during the winter will ensure its speedy return in the spring. Here are 5 tips on caring for your garden during the cold.
Most perennials are hardy enough to withstand the cold temps. There are a few varieties of plants that prefer to have their roots protected at least a little bit. Adding lots of mulch to the garden will help protect the plants that need it and add lots of nutrients to the soil for spring planting.
Rose bushes are notorious for needing to be covered in the winter time. The branches of most rose bushes are easily snapped off by heavy ice and snow. Some evergreen shrubs can be damaged by very heavy snowfall. Covering these shrubs will prevent the weight of the snow from flattening the evergreen shrub to the ground.
Not all regions get cold during the winter, but if you live in an area where the winters are harsh, you might have to do some digging before the snow sets in. Gladiolas are just one type of plant that must be dug up each year, at least where I live. These plants are then stored in a paper sack in the basement until springtime. This is the only way to get gladiolas to grow again the following year.
Turning the soil over before the ground freezes allows the plants on the surface to become better mixed in with the soil. By adding plants to the dirt you are putting more nutrients into the ground. This will make your garden are even better next year. It’s best to still till the garden again in the spring when it has thawed out.
During the winter time trees are dormant and this is a prime time to begin pruning. Some trees are more prone to bleeding than others, so it’s best to prune branches when the sap is no longer running. A few plants do better if you wait until spring to prune them, so you might want to check the specifics on the various garden plants you are growing.
These care tips are especially useful to those who aren’t sure what type of garden care needs to take place in the winter. Feel free to pass these tips on to others who you think will be able to use them. Is there something that you have to make sure to do every winter in your garden? What other winter gardening tips do you have?
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