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How to Prepare Your Garden for Winter During Fall

Winter is coming and with it some harsh conditions. These conditions can make it difficult for your garden to survive.

If you’re an avid gardener who loves making sure that your garden looks fabulous in just about any season, having gardening issues can make you feel completely unsettled.

There are many things you can do, to make sure that your garden is ready for the winter. Here are a few.

Clean Up

No matter how you nourish it and care for your garden, there are occasionally going to be dead plants. It’s not a judgment on you as a gardener and you should not be heartbroken about it.

A lot of these plants can be left to rot in the soil on their own. After all, they will only pump up your soil and make it healthy and rich.

However, you’re going to find that there are some of them that harbor a lot of disease and cause fungus to rise to the surface. This can carry your garden down rather than build it up and it is something that you want to deal with.

If you’re concerned about diseased plants do not hesitate to pull them out by the very root and clear up your garden to make it spic and span as the winter season approaches.

Get Rid of Weeds

Getting rid of any weeds that have started to grow is also an important aspect of preparing your garden ahead of the winter season.

Be particular about removing these weeds as they block the growth of other crops and plants when the new winter season is over. It is at this time that you want your garden to be flourishing and you certainly don’t want to be eye to eye with any weeds.

However, be careful about using harsh methods such as insecticide, and investigate more natural approaches if you can. You don’t want to accidentally kill crops that will be beneficial to you.

How’s Your Soil?

Another thing you should be paying careful attention to is the health of your soil during the fall season. Now is the time to spruce up your soil to make it even more rich and fertile.

After all, when spring rolls around you want your crops to be in the richest soil possible so that you can reap the benefits of healthy crops.

So how do you pay attention to your soil?

Make sure that you are adding plenty of nourishment to it all through the fall season.

You should be adding manure, fertilizers, and even compost. You want your soil to be as nourishing as possible with all the necessary nutrients.

Sure you can wait until spring to add these but adding them during autumn will give your garden that extra push that it needs to look great during the spring.

Don’t just leave your garden alone once you have done this, it’s a good idea to add mulch to help protect it from any winter rains that may come along to try to wash away all the hard work that you have done to spruce up your soil.

You can also get tree feeding to nourish trees that you want to keep healthy.

Cover Crops are Great

Cover crops are your best friend when you are on a mission to protect your garden for the next season. When early fall rolls around you should sew these crops to help stop soil erosion in its tracks.

There are areas in your garden that are compact and you should try to break these up to add extra organic matter to them. This will cause them to produce more flourishing crops when spring rolls around.

Some great cover crops are rye and clover. Some of these plants turn over adding nutrients which is a bonus for you.

Take Care of Perennial Plants

When fall hits it is a wonderful time for you to start trimming up those perennial garden plants that you have. Since you may have several to choose from it’s important that you do more than take a wild guess which to prune.

You need to make a calculated choice when it comes to the kind of plant that you need to prune. Great plants to prune to make sure that they are popping for the spring and summer are roses for your flower garden and herbs you may have lying around your vegetable garden.

Top Up Your Mulch

Is it important that you top up your mulch whenever the winter season is approaching? Fall is a great time to do this but you should have no gear if you plan to mulch in the winter as well. It will produce spectacular eye-popping results.

It’s all good because it helps with soil erosion and inhibits the amount of weed you will see once the warmer weather creeps in. When the earth begins to freeze it can affect the roots of the plants that you have in your garden and it’s important that you take precautions to ensure that they are well protected throughout the harsh cold season.

Adding mulch to your soil is a superhero move that is necessary to keep your plants looking fabulous.

Don’t Forget Those Tools

While running around trying to get everything in tip-top shape and looking sharp before the winter rolls around, you may forget that you need to take care of your tools as well.

Make sure you have adequate storage facilities for them. They can meet their end in harsher weather conditions. Some of them may be susceptible to rusting and other forms of corrosion in humid weather.

Get a Good Looking Garden

A great time to spruce up your garden is to do some heavy lifting when it comes to preparation during the fall season.

Once you do all of that, you’ll have an eye-popping garden that is jaw-dropping in its beauty when the warmer months come around. You will end up wanting to be in your garden all the time in summer and spring!

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