For many of us, 2022 has gone pretty fast. We just can not believe that we are already in November and that the year is drawing to a close, and you are finding yourself wondering How to Prep Your Garden for the Cold Months.
How to Prep Your Garden for the Cold Months
Of course, the end of the year comes hand in hand with a lot of to-dos and many of us find ourselves rushed off our feet as the festive season approaches. But there’s one area you should make sure you pay attention to and don’t let fall off your list.
This is your garden. Sure, most of us barely use our gardens in the winter. It’s cold and we tend to prefer to spend our time tucked up all cozy indoors. We might head out to create snowmen or snow angels if we get a white Christmas, but other than that, the space usually lies dormant until the warmer spring months return.
You need to make sure that you prep your garden for the cold temperatures and harsher weather conditions to protect any hard work you put in over the summer and minimize work to get your garden back into good shape by spring.
Here are some suggestions that will help you to achieve this goal.
Clear Away Garden Furniture
Now is the time to put your garden furniture away. You’re unlikely to get much actual use out of it and it will simply end up facing the elements, becoming colour drained and battered.
Wind can also blow dirt and debris onto it, causing it to look beaten, dirty and damaged. If you have a shed, store things away in here. If not, you may want to consider moving the garden furniture into a storage unit.
Keep Cats Out
Neighboring cats are likely to roam through your garden during the day and night. If possible, you want to avoid this. Cats create a mess in your garden, often using different elements of the space as a personal litter box, or spraying to mark your garden as their territory to other cats.
Of course, keeping cats out is easier said than done. Try looking into different ways to cat proof garden and see what works for you.
Do you have flowerbeds? While most flowers will not survive excess rain, snow and frost, you can do your best to protect them and you can also maintain the quality of your soil (rather than letting it freeze into hard blocks) by using mulch.
You can buy mulch online or in most garden centers. Follow the instructions on the packet, laying a thick layer over the top of your flower beds and any other muddy areas you want to protect. It can prevent water logging and freezing!
The winter months tend to come hand in hand with harsher winds and more storms. If you have big trees in your garden, you need to make sure that they are well maintained to prevent them from falling down, branches falling and other safety hazards that could prove dangerous for people or damage your property.
Call in tree surgeons to maintain your tree. They’ll be able to remove any weak or dead branches.
Each step will go a long way to improving and preparing your garden for the winter. Give them a try!