Winter is here and as such it is important to make sure that your garden is properly protected and maintained so as to assist it through the cold and cuddling months.
Here are some tips on how to care for your garden appropriately.
1. Protect plants and produce
In some areas of our beautiful country, June can still bring weighty rain storms and even hail. For those rare occasions, it is important to keep plants well protected with the help of heavy and anchored materials. However, and more commonly, our winter season tends to be very dry. Plants can be protected from dry weather by means of mulching. In these circumstances, gardens should be mulched with organic matter. This will decrease loss of water and repress weeds.
2. Split up the shrubs
As June arrives, so does winter and it becomes the perfect time to split up those shrubs, such as roses, lavender plants and lilies. When implementing this shrub split, always see to it that all flowers – should they be dead or alive – are cut off. This is done to guarantee that plant energy can be aimed at the growth of new roots.
3. Give plants plenty to drink
During the cold winter months, gardens dry up and the moisture contained in the soil from the rainy summer days slowly start to drain out. It is therefore vital to water gardens continuously throughout the winter period, especially in areas with droughts and in gardens with newly planted plants. When plants get watered once or twice a week, it will ensure that their roots extend further into more nutritious soil.
4. Keep gardens well fertilized
An important tip to take note of is that gardens, and especially vegetable gardens, need not only be well watered during the dry winter days, but it also should be kept satisfactorily fertilized. Ordinarily, winter gardens are fertilized every two weeks to ensure fast growth and their best yield.
5. Keep up with the weeds
It is easy to fall behind on gardening maintenance in the course of winter when cuddling in front of a hot fire or a good TV series seems much more pleasing than removing weeds. However, the garden’s weed needs must be seen to. Without nurturing your garden, you cannot expect a positive result, after all. Frequent hoeing and the application of a good, preventative and firm layer of mulch over the soil is essential.
6. Pest the pests
Harass those garden pests before they become an irritating nuisance. Prevention is always better than cure. Pests especially love the heat, and though one might not consider this to be a problem during the winter, it sure is. Winter gardens still require mulching and as stated in previous blog articles, mulching creates a warm blanket for your soil. If these infectious pests, such as greenflies and blackflies can be caught early enough, they can also be easily dealt with. Therefore it is important to always be alert to avoid pest problems – especially from those that also transmit viruses.
7. Don’t forget to mow
The last thing to take note of is to ensure that your garden looks nice and neat. Mow your lawn regularly as the grass grows. During the dry months, grass might grow somewhat slower and it is also important to let it grow out to assist it in the dry spells. But more importantly – one’s lawn should not get out of hand.
Don’t let your garden go this winter. Nurture it as you would nurture yourself. Follow these simple gardening tips and have a thankful garden all year long.