Once the weather starts to get colder and the leaves start to fall, people feel that the time has come to set aside gardening tools and await the arrival of spring to resume their work in the garden. But this is not true. Winter is a good season to keep the garden healthy and to ensure that you have a good harvest in the coming year. You may think that these things will take away a lot of time. Actually, it takes more than a day to prepare your garden for winter. Here’s what you need to do.
What to plant and harvest during winter time
Make sure you plant stronger plants during the autumn in order for them to withstand the winter. Some plants will do better if planted in the autumn, such as Rudbeckia, Aster Novi-belli, Anemone Japonica, panic hyandea, endive and Brussels sprouts. You could find these plants in most garden stores. Once you’ve done these things, you’d better start putting your garden to point.
Remove weed and debris from your garden
Weeds and rotten leaves can attract insects and all sorts of pests that can harm your garden. You should remove plants that are part of the past harvests and harvest vegetables and other plants that will not resist during the winter. Now that the leaves begin to fall from the trees, you’ll be able to notice the rotten branches. Cut them to keep the garden healthy and take care so that they do not fall onto your vegetables and flowers. Removing weeds and debris from a garden covered in snow is very challenging, but luckily there’s a solution. Consider opting for a snow blower that will help you remove snow. After using the snow blower you will be then able to clear the rest of debris and weeds.
Give your garden a little TLC
If you have some young trees, you’d better give them extra care to assist them in the winter to come. It could also help to cover your garden with mulch to protect plants from sudden temperature changes and heavy snow. For mulch you can use around 5 inches of shredded bark, pine needles or a variety of other organic materials. But you must be careful not to put mulch too early because insects can still make a shelter in the mulch.
Maintaining and storing power tools
Once you’re done, it would be a good idea to clean your garden tools and put them away safely to avoid rusting and to use them next year. Power tools are the hardest to clean and store because they require more maintenance work than handheld tools. For instance, cleaning and storing a lawn mower may present some tricky issues. You’ll need to empty the oil tank first and then use a damp cloth to thoroughly clean the blades and other components.