After a lovely long spring and summer, it’s time to start thinking about bedding your garden down for winter. Many plants will want to be wrapped up warm, transferred to greenhouses or indoors or given a generous helping of leaf mulch to see them through the cold. Other plants may be ready for a winter prune and any dead wood should be removed.
Now is the time to have a last go round your garden to make sure it will last through to spring and make the most of your storage space ready for those warm months to arrive once more.
Clear Fallen Leaves
Fallen leaves are beautiful to look at and are incredibly satisfying to kick through on a cold day. Unfortunately, they aren’t quite so good when left to their own devices in your garden. As soon as it rains, those crisp leaves will become an unpleasant soggy mush, inviting disease and preventing light getting to your lawn.
You can use a rake or a leaf vacuum to gather leaves quickly. A leaf vacuum has the added bonus of shredding the leaves as you go, making them the perfect size for making leaf mulch or compost. Either way, these leaves will provide plenty of nitrogen once they have broken down and are spread around your garden.
Cut Down Dead Trees
Dead trees take up valuable room and may cast shade in your garden when you could enjoy sunlight. At this time of year, there won’t be any birds nests to avoid so you can cut the tree down without feeling guilty. There are a number of different brands of chainsaw that you could use depending on the type of tree and the thickness of its trunk.
Start by stripping the tree of the branches and foliage you can reach easily and clear them away. This makes the trunk lighter and easier to manage once it has been felled. When you are ready to fell the trunk, make sure you know which way it is going to fall and ensure you have an escape route should it go awry. If you aren’t sure what you are doing, this is best left to a professional.
Plant Spring Bulbs
With winter in the air, it’s time to plan ahead for spring. Get any fall flower bulbs you have out of storage and start planting them ready to grow. Don’t leave this process too late because once the soil hardens with frost, it will be difficult to plant them and they may not make it in time for spring flowering.
You might also consider which vegetables you would like to plant for the spring months and harvest any crops that are ready now to make space. It might feel like the gardening season is over, but there is still lots of planning to do yet. The winter period might give you a lull after spending all those summer months pottering away, but with a bit of tidying up now, your garden will be ready for full bloom sooner than you know.