10 Tips for Preparing Your Garden for Winter

Winter preparation is crucial for a healthy garden and a lovely spring return. Prepare your garden for winter with these 10 tip

Clean Up

Clean up your garden beds of dead plants, leaves, and debris. By preventing pests and illnesses from overwintering, mold and rot are reduced.

Prune  

Trim trees, shrubs, and perennials' dead or excessive branches. This helps spring growth and prevents snow and ice damage.  

Mulch  

To insulate soil and protect roots from freezing, mulch your plants. Organic mulches like shredded leaves or straw break down and enrich the soil.  

Guard Tender Plants  

Bring delicate, non-hardy plants indoors or cover them with frost cloth to protect them from freezing weather.  

Fertilize  

Apply slow-release fertilizer to garden beds in winter to nourish the soil. This feeds dormant plants and strengthens roots.  

Water  

To ensure plants have enough moisture for winter, thoroughly water your garden before freezing. Avoid overwatering to avoid root rot.  

Clean and store Tools  

Clean and sharpen gardening tools before winter storage. This avoids rust and prepares them for spring use.  

Look at Structure  

Trellises, fences, and raised beds should be checked for damage. Repair or fortify them for cold weather.  

Prepare for Spring  

Winter is the time to plan your spring garden. Research new species, construct new beds, and order seeds or bulbs to start gardening when it warms up.  

Feed Wildlife  

Give winter birds and other wildlife food and water in your garden. For natural food, grow native shrubs and trees that yield berries or seeds.  

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