Managing and maintaining a garden isn’t easy work, it’s something everyone imagines they will do when they have their own space. The excitement of choosing your favorite plants, fruits, and veggies to nurture for life and feed your family… it’s easy to get carried away with plans, but it isn’t always as easy to execute. So, by now you might be quite adept at handling your garden area in spring and summer, but do you know what to do to prepare for winter? It’s not time to take a holiday from the work, there’s plenty to be done.
Australia may not experience the same harsh winters as the likes of Britain or Siberia, but it’s still important to take the necessary steps to prepare your garden for winter. Whether you decide to undertake the task yourself or enlist the help of a professional, there are some things you absolutely need to know. Check out our top tips for winter garden preparation and make sure to follow them if you want your garden to be the envy of the neighborhood.
It’s time for a top up on the mulch front, as while your garden may appear to be doing nothing all winter there is plenty happening out of sight. Shrubs, plants, trees, and bulbs have roots that need continually fed and they draw their nutrients from the soil. So, give them a good feed by topping up your mulch, not only does it keep your soil warm, it also keeps an even temperature.
This is a good time to aerate your grass which will help improve drainage, thus preventing rain from drowning in your roots. Your lawn becomes compacted over time, whether it’s from constant walking over it or sports activities taking place, so use a garden fork to drive deep holes across the entirety of your lawn. Once you’ve done that you can give it a good feed to keep it in tip top condition. If you wonder how your neighbors manage to keep such an incredibly green and stunning garden they’ll probably tell you they aerate their lawn, so make sure you do this.
Yes, even your equipment should be looked after, and as it’s going to be stored away for the duration of winter you should give it a clean so that it’s all ready to go when you next need them. Wash garden forks and shovels (make sure to dry them so they don’t rust) and have your tools sharpened. Don’t forget to brush down the mower, too and any spare plant pots you may have. If you keep soil make sure it’s safely stored.
Your plants need to be pruned, and that includes roses, grapes, hydrangeas, and wisteria. You only want to leave a few main stems, so don’t be worried about going bold. Once you’ve pruned you can spray the soil and stems with lime sulphur as this will prevent disease and pest infestations.
Note: you can replant Frangipani cuttings, simply allow them to dry for a couple of weeks and then plant them, using stakes as supports.
While some of your plants will be resting, the spring bulbs and those winter plants will be actively growing, so be sure to water these regularly and fertilize them, too. You can keep growing peas, carrots, radishes, spring onions, English spinach, and broad beans throughout the winter. Now is also the time to get planting your strawberries, rhubarb crowns, and asparagus.
Think ahead and start your capsicum, tomato, and eggplant seeds growing in a small pot on a windowsill that catches the winter sun. They’ll be ready to plant when the soil starts to warm up again. Here’s a handy guide that you can follow to get your winter planting right.
Trees & Shrubs – citrus, azalea, bagged roses, fruit trees, camellia, deciduous trees, and natives.
Annuals – chrysanthemum, Penstemon, marigold, lupine, poppy, Calendula, pansy, and viola.
Veggies – radish, winter lettuce, English spinach, kale, onions, shallots, broad beans, and cabbage.
Now is the time to add colors wherever you can in your hanging pots and garden beds. As mentioned above pansies and violas are the perfect winter flower and they will flourish in the cooler weather, all while giving your patio and backyard a good brightening. Don’t be afraid to speak to the people at your local nursery, they can give you guidance on what winter plants are ideal for your area. They may even have some top tips that they can share with you to keep you right.
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Now that you know how to prepare your garden for winter, what are you waiting for? Get out there and get your hands dirty!