In order to enjoy your garden next year, it is important to take care of it this year before winter begins. Proper care will ensure that your plants, trees, and lawn will have a healthy and beautiful spring. Let\’s take a look at what you need to do to make this happen.
Ornamental shrubs and trees must first be carefully pruned of all unhealthy or damaged parts. New trees should be trimmed down slightly. On dry, sunny days, they should be watered. Then, particularly vulnerable trees should be protected from frost by wrapping the trunks with non-woven fabric. Single woody plants in containers should also be treated in this way. Tall and narrow tree species should be tied up to prevent damage from the weight of snow. Shrubs that are shorter can be trimmed or covered with foliage. Roses are similar, but should be trimmed in advance.
Lawns should be regularly cleared of fallen leaves and bark. Before winter, it is advisable to mow the lawn to a height of about 5 cm. It is recommended that fertilizer be applied after mowing. This will aerate the lawn and make it easier to absorb the nutrients from the fertilizer. If you do not want to damage the lawn, be careful not to step on the lawn after the freeze has begun and each strand of grass becomes brittle.
Flower beds can be weeded first, dead lodging plants cut back, and new lodging plants planted. Remove any remnants of annuals and loosen the soil. Enrich the soil with compost or other fertilizer. Finally, cover the soil with leaves, twigs, or non-woven fabric. However, delicate bulbs such as dahlias need to be dug up and put away for the winter in warmer regions. They can be planted again in the spring.
If the pond is at least 80 cm deep, there is no need to remove the water lilies or drain the water during the winter. At this depth, water lilies can easily withstand frost. Fish can survive even at a depth of one meter. If the pond is more shallow, both should be transferred to a container filled with water and kept in a warm place during the winter. Remember to regularly clean the surface of fallen leaves and other debris to prevent the water from rotting. Ponds can also be covered with a specially designed liner.