You might be among gardeners and non-gardeners alike who think that all things regarding winter garden plans need to stop until the snow melts, but that’s not the case. You might be surprised to know that some important pre-gardening tasks can be done regardless of the weather.
You can get a head start on planning your garden by taking care of the foliage that will be there all winter. Your pre-gardening routine can include mulching around trees and bushes that are hearty enough to stay. At the same time, you can put a layer of mulch on the ground where you will be planting new bushes or seeds. Perennials for your zone can be mulched to help the withstand the cold temperatures.
Your roses can be wrapped in burlap and cut way down, the better to bloom again. Get bulbs that do not stand cold weather out of the ground and store until their next planting season. Pruning can be helpful to many of your bushes and trees, to ready them for hibernation and regrowth.
Take some time to get rocks and old leaves and roots out of the soil where you will be planting and around where your existing plants are now. Taking care of the sometimes tedious job of picking through the soil will allow new plants and seeds to sprout up easier without anything to impede their growth.
Your climate and type of existing plants you have will help determine how often and how long you need to water them. Since you could have snow, but will most likely have cold to freezing temps, you don’t need to water as often as during warmer months. Cold weather can dry out root systems, so they will need some replenishing. This is one way to keep up your regular gardening routine as you make your winter garden plans for the garden you will be planting soon.
Fertilizer is important to plants, trees, and flowers all year long, but many can do with one serving of fertilizer during your winter garden planning. Cold and snowy days can make for a difficult job getting the fertilizer into the soil, so get on it before the coldest part of winter. Melt off from a frozen ground can cause mold and damage to plants and trees when things start to thaw.
When you live in a cold climate, snow or not, you will likely need to do some winter garden planning around pre-care for your pond. Depending on the temperature, you can remove the ice or drain the pond completely. You will want to remove your fish and move them to a temporary home for the cold season and, if your pond is relatively shallow, take your plants out so they don’t freeze.
With deeper ponds in locales where freezing is rare, your plants might survive the winter season if you replant them temporarily out where you pond is the deepest where it has less of a chance to freeze.
Reach out to us at Every Season Landscape & Lawn Care when you’re ready to begin your winter garden planning. We’re here to help with gardens big and small.