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How To Efficiently Prepare Your Garden For Winter

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Owning a garden brings along numerous benefits including instant access to fresh produce, complete control over what you grow and what chemicals and products you use as well as making a positive environmental impact. To ensure that your garden produces yields at its peak, you must learn how to treat it in the right manner.

 

Here are a few ideas on what you could do to make sure your garden is still looking good during the cold winter season.

  • The right shed for your garden

Garden sheds are made from several materials including steel, plastic and wood. Before you decide to go for any shed on the market, you should consider which one is going to bring an excellent return on your investment and make you realize the value for your money. Steel garden sheds will do exactly that for you because of a number of reasons including the following:

    1.  Little maintenance

      A steel garden shed requires little to no maintenance. In fact, all you need is to clean them regularly and you are ready to go. Unlike the case with wood, you won’t require applying paint or coating more often. This is because the galvanized layer in steel protects it from weather elements, thereby preventing the formation of rust.

    2. Strong and durable

      Steel sheds have unmatched durability despite being very light. The electro galvanization enables it to last for decades as it makes it super sturdy. Once you purchase your shed, you should not expect it to scratch, dent or even break. Besides, its structure and properties make it naturally resistant to pest insects and rodents.

    3. Cheap and easy to install

      With a steel shed, you don’t need any form of foundation to install it in your garden. You can lay it onto any flat surface which means that you save the time and money you could have used in purchasing and installing a foundation. Surprisingly, steel sheds are relatively cheaper compared to their wooden counterparts.

Tips to prepare your garden for winter:

 

  1. Get the soil ready ahead of time

    A healthy garden is one that is rich in quality soil. It’s, therefore, imperative that you beef up the quality of the ground in your garden as early as possible. This may involve adding a layer of leaves, compost, peat or well-rotted manure on top of the soil. Before the ground freezes, the soil microorganisms and pests in your yard will have incorporated the necessary materials into the ground.

  2. Get rid of dead vegetation

    Remove all the dead plants, including the rotten vegetables and fruits to prevent pests and diseases from overwintering on them. If they are still healthy, you can add them to your compost pile, but if they contain mildew, blight or mold, then you should consider disposing of them together with your household trash or better burn them. Remove all the slime and matty plants to prevent bugs and diseases from wintering there. Also, dig out all the weeds or cover them with a plastic sheet throughout the entire winter season so that they don’t sprout.

  3. Keep your garden hydrated

    Your perennials require staying hydrated before winter so that they can maintain a healthy root system that will help them thrive during spring. Soak your plants once every week rather than watering them lightly on a daily basis for optimal results.

  4. Plant the spring-flowering bulbs

    Garlic, tulips, hyacinths and daffodils are better planted during the fall. Select a part of your garden that didn’t grow alliums and plant your next year’s bulbs. Note that each of them should be planted 6 inches apart and 4 inches deep. You will then have to add a significant amount of organic fertilizer and compost into the soil.

  5. Protect your plants

    Your plants, including shrubs and trees, require protection from animal and weather damages during winter. Stake and wrap the small trees in your garden to protect their trunks from wind and animal damages. Wrap the evergreens using burlap that sustains sun, wind and salt damage. You can try using an anti-desiccant spray to prevent the leaves from winter burns which result from moisture loss. Mulching your planting beds after the ground freezes is also paramount as it adds another level of protection. Most importantly, you can consider creating wire fence rings around your yard to protect shrubs from animals like rabbit and snow damages.

 

leaves being raked before winterEnsuring that your garden remains productive regardless of the season depends on the effort you are ready to put. Following the few tips mentioned above and to the letter can help prepare and protect your garden for the entire winter season.