Winter is coming!
According to the latest news, this will be one of the coldest winters in recent years (Brrrrrrrr). So prepare coats, scarves, hats, and gloves to face the frost!
We are lucky to be able to cover ourselves well, but have you thought about your garden? How will he cope with this cold winter?
We want to suggest some tips to help your garden withstand the winter.
Let’s start by fortifying the garden
Remove the weeds:
We advise you to remove the weeds from your garden. This is to avoid any problems during the summer. It is preferable to remove the weeds manually rather than using chemicals: nature will thank you!
Ventilate the ground:
At least once a year, the ground must be aerated. This is because the garden needs water and air to penetrate well inside. We advise you to aerate before sowing the lawn: in this way, the seeds will be able to penetrate better in-depth! There are manual scarifiers (for the more willing) or motorized scarifiers (for those who want to have excellent results without trying too hard). To you the choice!
Plant the bulbs:
Starting in September, start planting the bulbs (tulips, crocus, hyacinths, and daffodils) that will make your garden fantastic in spring. The characteristic of these bulbs lies in the fact that in order for flowers to bloom, they need to “get cold”. For all the other bulbs that cannot stand the cold, we advise you to remove them from the ground and reuse them the following year.
If you have installed an automatic irrigation system, it is very important to drain it in winter. This is because, the water accumulated in the pipes, with the cold, risks breaking your irrigation system. In addition, also drain all petrol machinery before placing them.
Although outdoor furniture has been created to withstand bad weather, it is preferable to store it in a covered place (the perfect solution would be to have a garden shed ). If you don’t have enough space to store the furniture, you need to cover it with a suitable sheet.
If you are lucky enough to have a swimming pool, if it is an above-ground swimming pool in winter you must empty it or cover it with a specific towel for the swimming pools. Above ground pools, on the other hand, are not designed to be left outside in winter.
Garden tools, such as chainsaws or lawnmowers, should be placed in your garden shed or garage.
How to resist cold attacks?
Protection and fertilizers:
From late October until early November, it is recommended to apply fertilizer for plants. To fortify your roses, we recommend that you place a small “mound” made of earth and dry leaves at their base. Then, when the ground freezes, cover it with materials (straw, dry leaves, shredded bark, gravel …) to protect it from the cold. This operation is called mulching and is used to protect the roots from freezing and thawing, causing stress in plants which could lead to their premature death.
For younger trees, it is important to protect them with a particular sheet (not black, as it would risk creating overheating).
Water the trees and shrubs:
If it does not rain enough, it is necessary to water the trees and shrubs every week. Do not forget to water conifers and evergreen plants throughout the autumn season. The goal is to fortify the plants well before the arrival of the great cold!
In autumn the leaves fall! Don’t throw them away: use them to make compost or to cover your soil!
- You did it: winter is over and your garden has woken up to enjoy the warmth of spring. Now you have to remove all the protective sheets, replant the bulbs that would not have survived the winter, prune the younger trees. In March, with spring, everything is reborn!