Don’t let winter ruin the beauty of your garden. Take care of it by following the tips you can read in the next section. Caring for your garden in this cold season, after all, can prepare it for spring and summer as well.
So, if you’re ready, let’s start highlighting what you can do to maintain your winter garden.
Remove used plants
One of the best ways to keep your garden healthy in the winter is by cleaning up finished and rotting plants. Removing old plants will not only clean them up, but will also prevent the spread of fungi, pests and diseases.
Getting rid of the used plants and then burying those finished, disease-free plants can prevent most garden pests from spreading when spring arrives. Additionally, burying them will also improve soil health as they can add organic matter to it.
Pruning in winter
Pruning helps remove dead plants to encourage the growth of larger shoots for the upcoming growing season.
When pruning flowering shrubs and trees, you need to prune fall and summer flowering shrubs and trees in early spring and late winter. You should also prune them when their flowers have started to fade.
Also, you should prune deciduous plants for their spring regrowth, as many of them are inactive or dormant in winter. And since the foliage of the plants has disappeared, it is easier and faster to see their shape.
For best results, follow the following points:
- You must first prune the diseased or dead branches.
- You should also consider pruning in dry weather.
- In order to increase both air and light at the top of a tree, you need to remove smaller, overgrown branches.
- In addition, do not remove the branches that maintain the structure of the tree and grow.
- You should also cut the branches at the part where one twig or branch attaches to another.
You should also learn how to divide and plant bulbs this winter.
Bulbs, including daffodils and tulips, should be planted early in winter as they take a long time to bloom in spring. Cool temperatures is also needed for these bulbs which can speed up their flowering.
For bulbs planted in the fall, you should soak them in lukewarm water for 12 hours before planting them, especially for tunicate-type bulbs that have round teardrop-shaped or closed bulbs. However, this method is not suitable for lilies and bulbs with fleshy scales.
By soaking them, the bulbs will absorb enough water to grow quickly, saving you three weeks of time, especially if you are in a northern climate location. Divide and then fertilize the bulbs to promote their flowering.
For bulbs that have few or no flowers, you can divide them first or fertilize them. You can also consider using slow release bulb fertilizer to maintain its effectiveness in early spring.
To prepare your garden for the next gardening season use these tips. These tips will improve your yields at the end, as well as help keep your garden looking pretty in the spring and summer.