How to Look After Your Garden in Winter?
The autumn has been made to pray … The summer temperatures have been with us for several weeks since the change of season and it is still very cold to arrive. As the most seriéfilos would say Winter is coming! Winter is already around the corner, so if you are one of those lucky people who live in a house with a garden, it will not be enough just to take off your hat, scarf, and gloves .
By this, we mean to maintain what you have struggled so hard to achieve: an idyllic green and leafy garden that has become one of your favorite places in the house. We know that starting your gardening skills was not an easy task and, therefore, it would be a pity that the frosts that are coming will ruin all your efforts.
So that this does not happen, you should first take into account the type of climate in your area. In Spain, we have very varied climates: from the Atlantic climate, through the Mediterranean climate and the subtropical climate to the mountain climate.
Once you know which one belongs to the area where you live, you should adopt the plants and trees in your garden to that type of climate. The perennial plants have foliage that stays during all seasons. In contrast, deciduous trees, also known as deciduous trees or plants, lose their foliage while the cold lasts.
Tricks So That Winter Does Not Become the Enemy of Your Garden
Try to advise in nurseries on those species that are prepared to withstand extreme temperatures. So, calm and do not panic that your corner will remain in perfect condition if you follow a series of tips for care and maintenance:
It is not watered in the same way in all seasons of the year. Logically, during the winter, your garden will require less water and less fertilizer. For this reason, when you water it should be in the warmest hours of the day so that the ice water does not burn the plants. One way to know when to water, in the case of a dry winter, is to be guided by the weeks without rain. At two and a half or three weeks it would be a good time to do it.
PROTECT THE MOST VULNERABLE PLANTS
If you take a few nights to cool off and when you get up you’ll find the garden literally frozen, you can always cover the most sensitive species with a protective plastic or by containers so they can keep a reasonable temperature. You can use layers of mesh or bubble wrap if you do not want to spend money to buy a specific one.
BUILD A HOME GREENHOUSE
It is time to take back your DIY skills to get to work with a single goal: protect your garden to avoid having to do without the vegetables and vegetables at home during this season. There, it will depend on the space you have and how handy you are. You have many sizes, shapes and simple methods to make a home greenhouse without taking a long time or unnecessary headaches. In addition, it would also serve to protect some plants if you had more space. So you know, get down to work before the cold catches you with no alternative for your garden.
AVOID DIRECT CONTACT WITH THE COLD
Those plants that are in pots should be protected throughout the winter from low temperatures avoiding direct contact with the ground. This can be done by cornering them against the wall or enabling a wooden surface or with pallets to put the pots in it.
CARE TREES PROPERLY
In the case of having a tree, these can become the refuge of animals that seek a den to protect themselves from the cold. This sometimes causes the appearance of holes around the trunk, as well as the deterioration of the bark. Try to block the way to those small and furry neighbors surrounding the trunk with a mesh or wire. Try cleaning the snow that accumulates on the branches, as they could break due to the weight they bear.
THE GRASS, MAJOR HANDICAPPED
The cold, the wind, the frost and the snow are the enemies par excellence of the lawn of your garden. So that the ravages of winter are not irreparable, we will have to get rid of the weeds and those parts that are already dead when the cold starts to whip. It is also necessary to regenerate it with specific seeds of cold weather, fertilize it to recover its green color; and water it with abundant water. Thus, the grass will begin to recover its shape from the roots.
They say that “weed never dies …” Well, it’s better if you worry that it will be to preserve your garden.