As the colder months of the year approach quickly, most people will swap their wardrobes for warmer clothes and ensure that their heating systems work as they should.
But what about those of us with green fingers who want to see our gardens continue to thrive? Fear not, here are 8 gardening hacks for fall and winter.
- Make sure you have enough space
In addition to the year-round security of outdoor utensils such as lawnmowers and bicycles, you also need enough storage space for summer items such as barbecues and furniture. If you need something bigger and better than your current garden shed, consider a prefabricated kit from SteelMasterthat are also incredibly easy to construct.
- Repair any broken fences
Don’t leave it too late to fix broken fence panels, as the wild winds of winter have to tear them down immediately. While you’re at it, coat your fences with a treatment to protect them from rain and snow.
- Maintain your lawn with rakes and seeds
To keep your lawn healthy, remove straw and moss by raking it regularly in the fall. You may also want to sow a new lawn or re-seed a well-used lawn as both the soil and air temperatures should still be warm enough. This causes the grass to germinate quickly.
- Pressure washes and terraces
Many people will shut off their water supply in winter to prevent pipes and taps from freezing. But before you do this, give your trails and patio a thorough pressure wash as they can become slimy and slippery in cold, wet weather. Don’t forget waterproof footwear!
- Grow plants that thrive in winter
Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean vegetables won’t grow. In fact, root vegetables often taste better in the colder months when starch is converted to sugar. Some selected plants are spinach, kale, leek, celery, beets, carrots and chard.
- Get rid of depleted flora
Even if it has taken a long time to dig your edges so that they look good in spring and summer, you should remove the used flora before autumn and winter arrive. They not only make your garden look tidier, but also prevent certain plants from rotting and attracting pests.
- Invest in a compost bin
Did you know that? Leaf shape – Made from rotting leaves – is an excellent mulch that adds the much-needed organic matter to your soil and helps keep it moist? Invest in a compost bin so the leaves will rot until they are dark brown and crumbly. Then just add them around shrubs and plants so your garden grows in any weather.
- Plant shrubs in the ground and onions in pots
Autumn is the best time to plant shrubs because you don’t need a lot of water and you have a better chance of laying their roots. Onions should be planted in pots if the soil is too hard after summer or if you don’t want to damage late summer perennials that are still doing well.