‘Tis the sunny season to be jolly. Before proceeding to the merriment, you had to endure the winter, the season when homeowners need to put their garden to bed, as the snow falls to cover everything in a chilly shade of white. Whilst Australia is known to have sunny Decembers, it pays to be ready next time July comes by, so that you can avoid committing the same mistakes last winter season.
When it comes to putting gardens to bed during the season, it generally comes down to two tasks: clearing up and covering up. Tim Davies Landscaping lists the following tasks you need to prepare the garden for the next winter:
• Uproot Drying Plants
The first order of business is pulling up insect or disease addled plants. Take them out and place them into a compost pile.
• Trim Perennials
Trim your perennials to about 10 to 15 centimetres. It is important, however, to do this only after the frost kills the topmost portion off. That is where the energy is stored.
• Cover with Compost
Winter is the best time to spread out compost over your garden. This will make it ready for springtime, as it enriches the soil with essential nutrients during this dormant period.
• Wait Before Putting Mulch
Avoid the temptation to put mulch too early. Doing so will give rodents and pests a place to stay in whilst dining on your plants. Wait until the cold has set in before you place this protective layer.
Snow: The Good and the Bad
Snow protects and endangers plants at the same time. Whilst a good amount of snow can give plants ample insulation. On the other hand, too much of it can pile on top of the branches and weigh them down, with the possibility of breakage. When clearing snow off towering plants, always clear off the bottom part before making your way upward. This way you reduce the burden on lower branches as snow falls from the topmost portions.
You need to remember that all activity in your garden may freeze during the winter, but there is still a lot going on under the soil. It is during this period that the soil enriches until the season comes to an end and the first blooms come along to announce springtime.