10 Autumnal Suggestions for Winterizing Your Garden
Spending a few hours organizing in the fall can help when springtime comes. The autumn season is a great time to straighten up your borders, remove any summertime dead plants, clean up your gutters, and more.
Before winter arrives, this season is all about packing up and clearing away. Here are our top ten suggestions for maximizing your fall garden.
1. Rub out the color paint
Make the most of the light still available as the nights grow longer by cleaning the greenhouse windows of any shading paint. This allows more sunlight to enter the glass, raising the winter temperature and lowering your heating costs. All it takes to get the glass up shining clean is a pail of hot water and some hard work. It would be wise to examine your greenhouse's windows, replace broken ones, and clean the gutters.
2. Fall cleaning
Remove everything from your greenhouse before overwintering delicate plants, clean up any plant debris, and disinfect any staging areas, including the inside of the glass. Pests and fungus infections can be avoided with a hot Jeyes Fluid or garden disinfectant solution.
Over the next few days, ventilate your greenhouse to dry it fully. Wash pots and seed trays to prepare for planting and sowing in the spring.
3. Organize borders
Dig up annuals and fill your beds with pansies, Bellis daisies, and wallflowers to guarantee a colorful display the following spring. Don't be too clean when cutting back faded perennials; attractive seed heads are terrific for insects, look gorgeous, are covered in fall dew, and make for attractive winter silhouettes. Instead, cut them back to 5 cm above the ground.
Spread a thick layer of compost, bark chips, or well-rotted manure once your borders are neat. Let the worms perform the labor-intensive digging for you; don't worry about it.
4. Lawful mowing
Utilizing a spring-tined rake, eliminate thatch and moss and add them to the compost pile. Use a moss killer on your lawn first if there is a lot of moss present. To prepare your grass for the chilly winter, use a fall lawn feed after brushing in a sandy top dressing.
As per the suggestion of landscaping companies, make deep holes at 10 cm intervals using the prongs of a garden fork to increase drainage and aeration around walks and play areas. To give new turf plenty of time to settle before the next summer, autumn is an excellent time to lay it.
5. Construct leaf mold
Leaf mold is a fantastic technique to recycle fallen leaves since it gives your soil structure and organic materials.
- Select a protected area where the view of your garden won't be obstructed, then construct a sizable container out of wire mesh and wooden poles.
- Add water, then fill with leaves before departing.
- Spread the leaves as mulch along your borders after they have a crumbly texture.
In contrast to sycamore, walnut, horse chestnut, and sweet chestnut, which may take a bit longer, oak, alder, beech, and hornbeam rot quite quickly. Although the process can be sped up by shredding the leaves first, it typically takes two years.
6. Empty the compost containers
For your compost heap, the autumn clean-up of borders and vegetable gardens always produces a lot of plant waste.
The best time to remove last year's compost and utilize it in the garden is now so that space may be made for this year's trash. If your compost isn't ready, turn it to speed up decomposition and make a fresh heap of organic material nearby. There is never too much compost.
7. Plant Perennials
When it's cold outside, evergreens add structure and interest.
Autumn is the ideal time to fill in any gaps in your borders with evergreens like sarcococca and daphne, which continue to produce glossy, green foliage and exquisitely fragrant flowers even during the coldest months of the year.
For a sophisticated, bigger shrub, try fatsia for its huge, architectural foliage or spring-flowering camellias. Alternatively, Lonicera nitida, bay, and holly produce lovely formal shapes or superb evergreen hedges. At the same time, box or yew are excellent options for topiary fans.
8. Lift Delicate Species
Before the first frosts threaten,
- Lift delicate species like begonias, dahlias, and cannas.
- Trim the stems and carefully remove the tubers or rhizomes from the soil.
- Clean them of dirt and put them in sand or dry compost trays with just the top of the crown showing.
Placing the trays in a cool, frost-free location over the winter will prepare them for replanting in the spring when all danger of frost has passed. In extremely temperate regions, it could be possible to safeguard delicate species without lifting them by covering the crowns with a thick layer of mulch.
9. Ponds with Nets
Decomposing leaves foul the water in your pond and clog the pump filters. By catching falling leaves before they touch your pond, you can save time and effort in the future.
Bricks should be used to anchor the fine-mesh net you have spread across the pond. Any leaves that land on it should be picked up and added to your compost pile or leaf mold container.
10. Upkeep of gardening tools
Sending your lawnmower in for service before putting it in the back of the shed for the winter will ensure that it will be in top shape when you need it in the spring.
While spades, forks, and other instruments benefit from a thorough wash, shears and secateurs require sharpening; you may do this yourself or send them to a professional if you prefer.
To avoid rust, completely dry everything and oil metal components.
Linseed oil can be used to clean and protect wooden handles, but be sure to dispose of rags carefully, as linseed can catch fire as it dries.
Your autumn garden is now organized and prepared for the winter.
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