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Now that we’re in the Fall, it’s the time to start preparing your garden for the harshest months of the calendar year. The cold weather of winter, and particularly frost, will cause the cells in your plants to freeze, making them look withered and draining them of their natural colours. Even evergreens can fall prey, as the soil becomes frozen and roots are unable to take in water. Here’s how you can prepare best prepare your garden in time.
Clear out Any Neglected Overgrowth
The first thing you should do is clear you garden any of neglected overgrowth that’s been building up. Weeds can quickly start to run rampant when left alone, so take out the lawnmower to handle any large patches of grass. Use a strimmer to deal with any thicker, less manageable areas. If you’re using chemicals to remove the roots, bare in mind that the residue can last for the following few days. While the soil that you’re left with at the end of all this may not be the most attractive, it should still be able to provide you with a good base to work from.
Take Steps to Protect Your Soil
Protecting your soil is the most important thing you can do to prepare for winter. If you leave it bare, winter weeds can still germinate. If you have any leafmould compost left from the previous year, this will provide a great overlay. Spread the compost over the vacant plots of land to help retain moisture, keep weeds to a minimum, and keep the soil healthy for when it’s time to start planting again. If you don’t have any compost, a wood chip based mulch will also do a good job of protecting your soil.
Cleaning up Your Greenhouse
Finally, use this opportunity to give your greenhouse a good cleaning as well. With all of the extra wind and rain, the glass can quickly start to build up a large amount of dirt. Not only does this look unattractive, but it can also start to block out valuable sources of light as well. Inside, move around any badly placed plants so that everything is getting the ventilation it needs. During the less busy months of the year, try to wash all of your pots and seed trays in preparation for the spring season ahead.
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