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How to Use Winter to Prepare Your Garden for Spring

Winter can be a hard time for garden plants, and you will need to take special care of them during this time. There are certain tasks that you can do that will help you make your garden survive the winter.

It can be a little bit challenging but it is not impossible. Here’s a look at some of the top things you can do to keep your garden healthy throughout the winter.

Think Ahead

One of the best actions you can take is to think ahead for next season. Winter is the perfect time for you to prepare your garden and take a look at how it grew over the previous seasons.

If you have been taking photographs of your garden and the plants you can now examine them. This will help you to come up with some solutions for how you are going to enrich your soil, get rid of bugs, and grow new plants.

You can start deciding which new plants you want in your garden, and even plan where you want to put them.

Start Pre Ordering

Now is the time to start pre-ordering any seeds that you need. This will assist you with being prepared for when spring comes.

You can pre-order your seeds online if you prefer. Take the time to organize your new seeds so that you are ready for planting when spring rolls around. Having everything organized and in its proper packets will make your life a lot easier.

Plan Embellishments

Winter is also the time for you to plan embellishments for your garden. Maybe you want to add new seating, paved areas, or paths in your garden.

Take the time to sit down and design these so that when the next season rolls around it will be ready to go.

You can gather inspiration from social media. Websites such as Instagram and Pinterest can help. Save your ideas so that you can go back to them when necessary.

Consider planning how to add lighting to your garden during this time as well. It’s a perfect time to plan out how you are going to keep your garden paths lit for spring and summer.

Prepare Your Tools

If your tools have been thoroughly used during the last gardening season. The winter offers a perfect time for you to get them sharpened and oiled.

You will be ready for work when spring rolls around. Take out your pruners, shears, and lawn mower blades and start sharpening them up for use during the spring.

Humid temperatures can cause tools to start rusting if you’re not careful. You can oil them as well as sharpen them to prevent this from happening.

With this approach when springtime rolls around, you will be ready to start gardening with your sharp tools.

Take Care Of Your Bulbs

Now is the time to take care of any spring bulbs that you have stored up. Open the container in which they are stored at least once or twice per month.

This is the only way to ensure that they do not develop mold. Bear in mind that while you don’t want them to develop mold you also want to make sure that they still have adequate moisture.

If you notice that any of the bulbs have moldy roots you should get rid of them immediately. If you don’t they may contaminate the other good bulbs.

Take Care of Potted Plants

If you had potted plants in your garden that you had to bring indoors for the winter, you need to make sure that you are taking special care of them. You must make sure that you are keeping these plants as moist as possible.

If you’re keeping any of these plants outside in containers, you need to make sure that they are covered properly and that the soil in the pots is not becoming frozen.

You can water them slightly if they look dry but if there is snow. it might be better to just take up a layer of snow and place it on top of the soil.

During the winter the plants may not be growing but you don’t want them to become damaged. This will make them unable to absorb moisture and nutrients to keep the plants alive.

Protect from Bugs

Unfortunately, you may still have to deal with bugs during the winter. Garden pests and animals that like to raid gardens will start eating any woody plants and roots that are left for food.

To prevent your plants from being destroyed, you need to make sure that you are constantly inspecting for damage. You can apply insect repellent if necessary to keep these winter wanderers at bay.

Start Your Winter Care

Winter care is something that you cannot afford to take for granted when you have a garden. Winter is not the time for you to rest and give up on your garden.

It is a time for you to carefully plan out how you are going to approach next season. The more organized you are ahead of time the easier it will be for you to get your garden blooming again.

Make sure that you have all your tools ready and are taking care of any bulbs that you need.

Start pre-ordering everything you will need and have it set aside so that you will be ready to go when the weather changes. It’s always fun to add new features to your garden whether it be seating, garden pots, or lightning.

The winter season is also the perfect time to get your design skills in order and change the layout of your garden. There is a lot that you can do to make your garden look its best when spring rolls around. All you have to do is make sure that you organize a schedule for doing all these things so that you can fit them into your day.