It can be too easy to neglect your garden in the winter, people tend to think that their plants are dormant, it’s too cold and would rather wait for the spring to arrive, however, it’s important to take care of your garden in the colder months just as much as the rest of the year. With visits from Jack Frost, you can be forgiven for not wanting to enter the garden. At the end of the day, you’re probably not in a rush to get out in the cold and prune your hedges. however, to keep your garden in good condition and ready for an easy spring, you should reconsider the effort you put into your garden in the winter. When the sun finally comes back out to play, you’ll be thankful that you did some work all year round.
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Let’s have a look at some of the things you should be looking at:
Clearing The Mess
In the cooler months, your garden falls into the risk of getting messy and cluttered. Debris gathers and although this is good for wildlife, it can lead to a lot of work in the spring. Removing leaves, branches and muck might not be the most exhilarating activity to get on with, but you will reap the benefits when the sun finally does come out. It might be mundane, however, simply clearing your garden can help to prevent issues with damp for the new plants sprouting in the spring. It will, therefore, means that your garden has got more of a chance of flourishing in other months.
Something else that often gets looked over in the winter is any repair job, whereas these are even more important to crack down on in the harsher weather. Leaving damaged items in your garden can cause havoc in the spring and lead to a lot of work. You should make sure that you repair and protect your fences, whether they’re wooden or metal if you have metal fences it’s recommended that you protect them from rust by using something such as Rust-Oleum paint. Protecting your fence is vital for extending their lifespan and protecting your garden.
Weeding And Protecting
It’s a common fact that when spring arrives you’re often left with a mess of weeds and dead plants that need removing, this is because measures haven’t been put into place in the winter. You should ideally make an effort to de-weed your garden throughout the winter. Unfortunately, weeds are a plant that grows no matter what season it is so it’s best to be proactive throughout the year. When dealing with weeds it’s important to remember that you need to remove and kill the roots into for the weeding to be effective.
Looking after your garden all year round means that you have more time to enjoy your garden by relaxing in the warmer months if you leave the maintenance throughout the winter you risk leaving yourself with a huge list of tasks that need to be completed in the spring.
Do you have any other tasks that should be added to this list? Please share them in the comments below.