With the autumn season drawing to a close, time is running out to prepare your garden for the cold, winter nights that lie ahead. If prepared properly, you can make your life that little easier when you come to grow your plants, fruits or vegetables next spring. Below are some tips on what to do for preparing your garden for winter and how they can help for the following months:
Preparing Your Soil for Spring
Autumn is the perfect time to get ahead with preparing your soil for the spring. Digging in soil amendments like manure, compost, bone meal and kelp at this time of year means that the nutrients have more time to break down, enrich the soil and become biologically active. By amending the soil early, you will not only save yourself a job for the busy season, but it can also help with drainage for when the extreme weather hits.
Harvest and Regenerate Your Compost
Using the rich, composted material left over from the summer to top up garden beds or fertilise lawns can help nourish your soil and kickstart growth come springtime. It is also recommended that to keep microbes working that little bit longer, you should build your autumn compost heap with plenty of leaves, straw or sawdust layered with food waste.
Removing weeds is an aspect of gardening that everyone is aware of, but its importance and usefulness should not go understated. A failure to dispose of garden weeds properly in autumn can cause havoc on your crops in springtime, to avoid this happening simply dig them up and place them in the bin or burn them on autumn’s burn piles. Resist the temptation of moving them to another part of your garden as they do remain viable and they will grow back unless they are completely destroyed.
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