As the crisp autumn air turns into the colder winds of winter, it’s time to think about preparing your garden for the chilly months ahead. Winter garden clearances are not just about tidying up; it’s about protecting your plants, preparing the soil, and ensuring a healthy, blooming garden when spring arrives. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you with your garden clearances in winter.
Remove Dead Plants and Weeds
Start by removing any dead plants, as they can harbour diseases and pests over the winter. This includes annuals that have completed their life cycle and perennials that have died back. Weeding is also crucial at this stage. Weeds can take over your garden if left unchecked, even in winter.
Prune Perennials and Shrubs
Pruning is essential for the health of your perennials and shrubs. It helps to prevent disease and encourages healthy growth in the spring. However, be sure to research the specific pruning needs of each plant, as some may prefer a spring prune.
Protect Sensitive Plants
Some plants need extra protection to survive the winter. Mulching is an excellent way to insulate the soil and protect the roots from freezing temperatures. For particularly sensitive plants, consider using burlap or plant covers to provide additional warmth.
Clean Up Leaves and Debris
Fallen leaves and other debris can smother your lawn and lead to fungal diseases. Rake up leaves and either compost them or use them as mulch in your garden beds. However, avoid using leaves from diseased trees to prevent the spread of pathogens.
Prepare the Soil
Winter is an excellent time to prepare your soil for spring planting. Add compost or manure to enrich the soil. If your soil is heavy clay or particularly sandy, consider adding organic matter to improve its structure.
Plant Spring Bulbs
Before the ground freezes, plant spring bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths. Planting them in the fall gives them a head start for early spring blooming.
Tend to Your Lawn
Your lawn also needs attention before winter sets in. Rake up any thatch, aerate the soil, and apply a winter fertiliser to promote healthy roots.
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Getting your garden cleared in winter might seem like a daunting task, but it’s an essential part of maintaining a healthy and beautiful garden. Our experts here at Greenleaf Clearance can step in, removing outdoor furniture, clearing your garden, to collect any waste and transport it for appreciated disposal. Get a FREE no-obligation quote today on 0808 164 8226.