Gardening is a hobby that many people enjoy, but if not regularly tended, a garden can quickly become an unruly eyesore. As each season arrives, it brings with it preparation requirements for the next season. In this short article, we are going to equip you with four handy tips to prepare your garden for the colder months during summer already.
Remove Those Weeds!
Any gardener will tell you that weeds grow faster than most of the seedlings they plant in their flowerbeds. What’s worse is that they require no additional TLC. They thrive in the harshest of conditions and if not removed properly, they will wreak havoc throughout your entire garden. The only way to keep weeds under control is to remove them from the soil, roots and all. Many people will add them to the compost heap, but the weeds are likely to sprout there, simply starting their vicious cycle elsewhere. The best way to rid your garden of weeds is to regularly take them out and either put them in the bin or burn them. If you’re considering the latter, it’s best to check if you are allowed to do so under municipal or county regulations.
Change of Scenery
If you have potted plants, their containers may not be able to withstand colder temperatures. If the flowers or shrubs are not hardy, they may very likely wither. The easiest way to prevent this from happening is to move them to a warmer area where they will be safe from wind, frost, and in extreme cases, snow. If you don’t have space within your home to offer your plants a change of scenery, you could store them in a suitable building within your garden. Summer houses or log cabins with large windows are ideal for this purpose because they offer protection from the elements while still allowing enough natural light in for the plants to photosynthesize and multiply.
Aerate and Fertilise the Soil
This might be a point that goes without saying, but often plants don’t make it through the winter because the soil hasn’t been aerated correctly. Using a garden spade, till and turn the soil to a minimum depth of twelve inches. If the soil has clods, ensure that you break these up too. Once you have completed the turning process, add additional nutrients to the soil using a garden fork to work them in; such nutrients can be derived from commercial fertilisers or organic compounds, such as manure and compost made up of food scraps from your home.
Mulching has a myriad of benefits. Adding mulch to the soil not only assists with the aeration of the soil, but it also aids with the regulation of temperature and moisture levels. You wouldn’t want to water your plants only for the liquid to be too cold for their roots, would you? Mulching will also help prevent weeds from spreading rapidly. There are various types of mulch available, to suit all types of soil and gardeners’ budgets. Speak to the horticulturalists at your local nursery to find out what will be best for the winter garden you’re planning.
With these points in mind, we’re sure that you’re well on your way to preparing your garden for the colder months ahead.