Garden All Year Round
No matter what time of the year it is, there is always something that needs to be done in your garden. It is true though that, in winter, things slow down a bit and you can get around to those landscaping tasks that you may otherwise have been neglecting. That is not to say that there is nothing to do in the garden to keep it in tip-top shape, but there is less.
Chances are that you won’t be doing a lot of planting and that your garden is looking a lot sparser than normal but you do need to look after the plants that you do have. Water in winter is scarcer and plants need more protection from the cold. Applying mulch in winter can help to maintain the moisture in the soil, help to stop weeds growing – not even winter can stop these – and also help to protect plants from cold seeping up from the surface of the soil. Mulches made from tree bark are the most popular as they tend to look pretty good.
Enriching The Soil
You should also not neglect the nutrients in the soil – the plants themselves need fewer nutrients but you do need to look into preparing the soil for the coming spring. It is a good idea to enrich the soil that is less than satisfactory in winter – do this by adding loam or compost. The ideal soil is rich in nutrients, loamy and drains easily. Make sure to dig soil over well to aerate it and to break up clumps of hard dirt. This type of soil is what is required by the majority of plants to thrive.
Pathways And Areas Of Interest
If you decide to tackle landscaping projects, now is the ideal time – it is easier to see which areas need more attention and which areas need interest to be added. You can then plan out the garden supplies you need to purchase. Interest is easily created by paths which lead to different areas of the garden. These paths do not need to be formally paved – the use of stones or gravels can create suitable paths. Stone can also be used to accent various features in gardens and to create more areas of interest. Stone can be used very effectively in pots in order to create a fuller look until the plants in the pots grow in properly or can simply be used to create a fresh new look for pots. You could also use tree bark edged with stone in order to denote pathways for a more natural looking path.
Always remember, Winter can be a busy time in the garden as well.