Adding a layer of mulch to the top of your soil can help perennials survive the harshest winters.
Wrapping trees and bushes with burlap helps protect against low temperatures.
Tip #5: Prune Away Vulnerable Branches
You can preemptively avoid broken branches by selectively pruning your trees and bushes before winter’s arrival.
Prune branches that may be vulnerable to breaking as a result of heavy snow load.
Tip #6: Plant Things That Aren’t Plants
No, of course I don’t mean fake plants! However, a garden can be much more than plants and dirt.
You can add texture, color and unique style with large stones, statues and found objects. Many of these items can stay outside all year and may even become more special and beautiful with time.
Japanese gardens often incorporate large, unique stones that mimic mountains. Italian gardens are full of “follies” that look like fantastical ruins.
Bad weather, rain and snow tend to add character to these objects and make them look like they have belonged there since the beginning of time.
Tip #7: Happy Holly-Days.
Plant hollies for a pop of color during the winter months.
Hollies are associated with the holidays for a reason; their bright red berries and intricate green leaves steal the show in a snowy white landscape.
You can even prune your hollies and make homemade wreaths and decorations.
Tip #8: Water Away!
Before the first frost, that is.
This is especially important for plants that aren’t fully established yet.
While a bit counter intuitive, winter is a dry month with relatively low humidity. Even though snow is, well, water, plants can dry out during the winter.
Cover your soil with mulch to retain moisture (see tip #4) and water regularly in the months leading up to the first frost to make sure your plants are established well ahead of the lean months of winter.
Tip #9: Avoid Empty Nest Syndrome
Don’t forget about your feathered friends as you prepare your garden for winter.
Providing birds with sources of food and shelter throughout the winter months will keep your garden alive in a totally different way.
Birdsong will keep your garden teeming with life and joy throughout the year.
A beautiful, custom birdhouse could both bring life and style to your garden during the winter.
Tip #10: Read, Relax and Repeat.
While there are many ways to take care of your garden during winter, you will likely be spending less time outdoors.
That’s perfectly fine!
Use the “off-season” as a time to plan for next year’s garden, your dream garden.
Reflect on what you loved about last year’s garden and make some resolutions to make it even better. Read some gardening books while you sip on hot cocoa. There are plenty of gardening shows on TV that won’t feel the effects of the impending snow storm. Follow your favorite gardening blogs, live vicariously through those lucky souls who live in tropical paradises and take advantage of this downtime to plan ahead. Ask Santa Claus for your favorite gardening book this year.
There you have it! With these winter gardening tips, you can continue to enjoy your favorite hobby year-round and get through the cold, dark winter in one piece (along with your garden).
There are plenty of ways to keep the magic of your garden alive during winter and have it bursting with life come springtime.
Rather than lamenting the loss of the bright, sunny summer weather, think of all of the creative ways you can improve and enjoy your garden throughout the year.
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Steve is a one time gardening hater turned into gardening obsessive. This was all thanks to going to University where a two year stint spent transforming the previously horrific garden of the student house he lived in left him addicted to all things horticultural! Now with a new house in tow and due to some fortunate circumstances he is free to test out a whole host of gardening equipment. Find out more about Steve or drop him an email at email@example.com.