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June 27

Winter Gardening tips to help your garden survive

Winter Gardening

Winter Gardening 

Many people assume that winter gardening will be a nice relaxing period of inactivity and after a hectic summer it is certainly a change of pace. However as we mentioned in our previous blog, your garden doesn’t really stop needing you, even when it’s cold.

While things do slow down, there is still enough going on below the soil to require plenty of tree and garden maintenance during the winter months. Here are a few tips on areas to check as we head into the coldest month of winter July.

Winter gardening mulch: when many trees have dropped their leaves, is a great time to get in and lay down a protective coat of mulch. Try to place a thick layer during the initial weeks of winter, protecting your plants’ root systems from extreme temperature fluctuations. You should also ensure you have fully watered the area prior to mulching as this will help your garden soil retain more moisture.

Check your garden for drainage problems before the heart of winter kicks in, and make sure your garden can handle sudden winds or large amounts of water. One of the worst things that can happen to your garden during winter is to become waterlogged. Make sure your soil contains the appropriate drainage, which can be as easy as a couple of vertical holes with a garden fork.

Jack Frost
For those of us in Canterbury the frosts are now in full swing.  Ensure to use frost cloth over your fruit trees and flowers that are most susceptible to frost damage.  As the ground becomes frosted a little frost cloth put over your plants and trees at night will ensure they will survive the winter.  If you have plants like Petunias that cannot withstand frost it is best to uproot them from the garden and put them into winter gardening pots in your garage or shed.  Keep the water up to them every now and again and replant them again in the Spring when the frosts are gone.

Winter Gardening

Spring Preparation

If you are an avid gardener, then this is the time to prepare for your winter gardening crops and prepare any spaces you need for the next spring planting season. Some preparation tips include aerating the lawn to let in moisture, planting your winter crop strategically to encourage spring growth, and preparing the ground to be free from weeds for the next season.

Hazard Distance
One of the most important areas to check in winter is the distance between your buildings and any larger trees. Not only can larger branches cause significant hazards in stormy weather, deciduous species will clog up your gutters. The fallen leaves and matter can create large blockages and prevent proper draining in your house resulting in water damage. As a bonus, once a professional arborist has conducted a little tree trimming those unwanted branches can be a great source of firewood.

If you are wondering whether you need to look at your trees this winter, you probably should consult a professional.

Contact us at Hollands Tree Services today to arrange a free inspection and advice, and/or provide a quote.



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