How to Spruce Up your Garden Ready for Winter
If you’re one of the millions of people that began the pastime of gardening during the pandemic, chances are you’ve had a fantastic year tending to and enjoying your yard. But with the nights drawing in, it’s time to consider clearing your backyard and getting it ready for the winter freeze.
Give Your Outbuildings Some TLC
With winter coming, you need to check and tidy up your outbuildings: sheds, wood stores, and so forth. With rain, snow, wind, hail, and everything else winter likes to throw at us, it’s a good idea to give them a lick of paint or treat the wood to ensure it lasts until the thaw next year. Clean wood free of mildew and apply water-repellent sealers each year to keep it looking and performing its best.
Consider the Local Wildlife
Winter can be a difficult time for birds, insects, and small mammals. Thankfully, there are many things you can do to help them through this difficult season. Put out seeds and fat balls for birds to nibble on and keep their reserves up. Leave heaps of leaves alone as a shelter for insects. And adopt a range of native plants that creatures can eat and make their homes.
Buy the Right Equipment
To make all of this much easier, you should invest in the right equipment. You don’t need every possible tool and gadget in your arsenal – just the necessities – so carefully consider exactly what you need for your garden before you make a purchase. If you have the cash to pay for the equipment, great. If not, no problem, as borrowing can help build your credit score!
Give Your Grounds a Tidy
Keep on top of the tidying of your grounds throughout autumn and winter – doing so will make your gardening in March and April all the easier. Once a week, sweep up dead leaves and add them to your wildlife-friendly leaf pile. Cut any branches that are damaged in storms. And snip back any plants that stray into your walkways.
Keeping on top of your garden over winter doesn’t need to be a chore. Just follow the tips above and you’ll be ready to plant, landscape, and, most importantly, enjoy your garden to the fullest when the sun and warmth return in spring. Got any tips you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments section below.