Winter is fast approaching and there are a lot of things you need to do to prepare your home for it. Before the cold weather rolls in, you need to make sure your house is winter-ready by sealing cracks to prevent drafts, cleaning your gutter, getting professionals to perform trenchless sewer repair, and making sure your HVAC and furnace are in good working condition.
But that’s not all. You also need to prep your garden and put it to bed so that it is in tip-top shape come springtime.
6 Ways to Prepare Your Garden for the Winter
- Gather leaves and other debris from your yard for composting and get rid of diseased foliage.
Take out old vegetable plants, dried leaves, and other debris from your garden and stock them properly in your compost bin. Discard any diseased plants and vines. Make sure you dispose of these infested plants properly because otherwise, insects that inhabit them will lay eggs and return in spring.
- Mulch the perennials in your lawn and backyard.
If you live in an area where it gets really frosty during winter, frost heaving can cause the soil to swell and push out some plants from the ground. Prevent this by adding a 6-inch-thick mulch to your garden. Take note that you should only apply mulch once the ground has frozen.
- Remove the annuals and harvest their seeds before putting them away.
After the first hard freeze of winter, remove annuals from your garden and add them to your compost bin if they’re not diseased. If you live in a region where you get mild winters, you may replace those annuals with ones that are more tolerant of cooler temperatures. Harvest their seed and start drying them out, so they can be sown the following year when spring comes.
- Pamper and spoil your shrubs and trees.
Trees and shrubs that are in great shape will have an easier time getting through winter. So you need to make sure that you improve their living conditions before winter arrives. Give them plenty of water and add about half a foot’s worth of organic material around them. This helps lock in moisture in the soil to keep them from dehydrating. It also protects the roots from freezing and thawing.
Trim any broken, damaged, or diseased part so that they don’t worsen when snow and cold winds hit them.
- Get rid of invasive weeds.
While it’s still fall, start getting rid of invasive weeds from your lawn, flower beds, and vegetable gardens. Get rid of those renegades and burn them up or put them in the trash. Do not put them in your compost pit because weeds stay viable in compost heaps and weed piles.
- Prepare your soil for spring.
While a lot of folks do this at the onset of spring, fall is the best time to prepare your soil. On top of composting and mulching, fertilizing your soil in winter helps add the necessary nutrients to it and gives them enough time to break down properly, enriching the soil and activating it biologically.
What other important things do you do to prepare your garden for winter? Share some of them with us in the comments section below.