Just because outside is cold, it doesn’t mean that your garden should be forgotten. Every single professional gardener will tell you that during the winter, there are a lot of tips, facts, and tasks you should complete. All of them have just one goal, to make your garden look much better when the time comes. Maybe you prefer staying at home and playing unblocked free games, but when you take a break, your garden should be maintained. Here we will tell you what you should do.
Analyze the soil
More than 90% of gardeners (who weren’t satisfied with the appearance of their garden in the previous year) will try almost anything in order to improve the look of their garden by adding new flowers, eliminating older ones or even using expensive pieces of technology. Just a small part solves the problem and gets a much better garden. All others will have the same problem in the spring. Why? Simply because they don’t solve the main issue.
The main problem here is the soil. Plants require different nutrients and they require a lot of them. If the soil cannot feed the plants, they will vanish from that garden. Just because some plants look perfect and they are healthy, it doesn’t mean that your soil is stable. Different plants can grow in different soils, using different nutrients.
The solution is very simple. All you have to do is to analyze the soil. There are cheap kits in your local stores that can help you determine which nutrients your garden needs. Then, all you have to do is to add them. Adding them in the winter will divide them perfectly across the different layers of the soil. In the spring, your garden will look better than ever.
Perfect time for adding tulips and crocuses
Tulips and crocuses have some of the best-looking flowers in the world. They are usually forgotten somewhere away from the garden, so when you want to plant them, it is too late. Winter is the perfect time of a year to do this. Both plants require a long winter’s sleep, so in the spring they can bloom like never before.
Only if the soil is too frozen to plant them, you should skip this! In any other case, this is the right time to plant them, simply because they will get used to the soil and start developing their leaves as soon as the sun comes.
After you have completed soil testing, adding mulch is the next thing to do. This layer of material is extremely important. However, most gardeners believe that it is important only during the summer because it maintains the moisture and water close to the roots of your plants. As such, it isn’t needed din the winter.
The truth is slightly different. Mulch can protect the roots from low temperatures and help them maintain some amount of water! Think of it as on a blanket for your plants. For larger ones, such as trees, mulch is even more important. Try to remember that only thin layers should be applied. Top tip: Make sure you built a small border/wall around your garden in order to keep the mulch in it, when the snow starts melting.
Perennials bloom at the end of the year, which means that they will still be present in your garden during the winter. In order to get healthy and strong perennials in the spring, you should remove the old ones. Winter is the perfect time of the year for this task, due to the fact you won’t damage other plants.
This step is mandatory! Perennials will grow from the ground in the spring, so if you leave the old ones, new ones won’t be strong enough and they will look poor! Keep in mind that only those with flowers (old and brown ones) should be left. They are still needed to birds, who have a hard time finding food through the winter.
An interesting fact is that the grass should be left and removed from a garden in the early spring. It is green or in some cases greenish, therefore it makes your garden look fresh through the winter. In spring, after you have removed all the grass, you will rely on your plants to make a garden look amazing.
Something about gardening tools
Almost all gardeners will place their gardening tools in a shed and forget about them through the winter. In the spring, all of them will be rusty, damaged and rot. Protecting your gardening tools is vital for keeping a healthy garden.
Here I what you will have to do. Use paint to protect the wooden parts of the tools, if their paint is damaged. Use engine oil to protect the metal bits, especially the moving ones and you are done. Simple as that.
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