How to Prepare Your Garden for Winter
As winter approaches, your annuals will begin to reach the end of their lifespan with each morning frost reducing the beauty of your garden. While it may be tempting to let nature takes its course, there are many benefits to preparing your landscape for winter. When spring rolls back around you’ll be grateful you put in a little extra work for preparation.
Today, the expert team at Nixa Lawn Service will discuss the four most important gardening steps you should take before winter arrives in full force.
1 – Remove Any Dying Plants
Besides being unattractive, old plants can harbor disease, fungus, pests, and many other potential risks. Many insects feed on plants throughout the summer and lay their eggs in preparation for the new year. Removing these plants from the surface of your soil will prevent pests from getting an early start when spring arrives. Instead, bury your old plants into the soil to help add organic material and nutrients to your garden.
2 – Prepare Your Soil for Next Year
Fall is the ideal time to add things like manure, compost, and rock phosphate into your soil. By opting for fall preparation, you give these additions time to break down and add nutrients to the soil.
In addition, digging and turning your soil in the fall will save you some difficult work come springtime. Once you have added nutrient material, you can cover your garden bed with sheet plastic or tarp to prevent winter precipitation from washing away those precious additions.
3 – Harvest Your Compost
Once summer ends, it is time to harvest and regenerate your compost heap. The material that you composted over the summer is likely ready to go. Use this nutrient-rich material to top up your garden beds and amend any deficient soil. Plus you will free up some much-needed space for your winter compost patch.
4 – Clean and Prepare Your Gardening Tools for Next Year
While it is important to clean and oil your gardening tools throughout the year, no period is as critical as winter. As they will likely sit neglected for months during the winter, fall is the ideal time to thoroughly clean, sharpen, and oil your tools to extend their lifespan.
Remove any rust, if present, with sandpaper or a wire brush. Then apply a light machine oil to the surface of your tools to help protect the metal from oxygen or moisture before you store them away.
Contact Nixa Lawn Service for Professional Landscaping
If you’re interested in having a beautiful landscape without the hard work that comes with it, then professional landscaping may be the answer you are looking for. Nixa Lawn Service has been the foremost provider of landscaping and lawn care in Southwest Missouri for nearly twenty years. To learn more about our landscaping service contact our team directly at 417-724-0318.