Despite the gloomy grey skies and dormant plants, winter is actually a great time to get out in the garden. We believe conditions are perfect for rejuvenation and renovation! Help your plants cope with frosty nights and wild weather, as well as preparing for a beautiful garden in spring.
Ditch the slippers and throw on some gumboots instead … you can always reward yourself with a cuppa and gardening book when you’re done!
1. Clean your gutters from all those leaves that have accumulated over autumn. Wet leaves will block your flow of water and can ultimately cause damage to your house.
2. Move your delicate potted plants into more protected areas. Under your verandah or porch is best. Make sure you reduce your watering – including to those that are under cover.
3. If you have plants that are susceptible to frost, you can cover them with a frame and old blanket overnight. Be sure to remove it in the morning so they can have some sunshine.
4. Install a water tank to catch the greater amount of rain that we receive in winter.
5. If you have clay soils, now is a great time to dig gypsum in.
6. You can prune back your herbaceous perennials, deciduous trees and shrubs, and roses. Do not prune frost tender/damaged plants until the danger of further frosts has passed.
7. Organise and clean your garden shed. Tend to your garden tools and lawn mower. Check your chemicals for use-by-dates and damaged packaging. Ask your local council on how to dispose of these correctly.
8. Check out what veggies, bulbs, trees and other plants are ideal to plant in winter. Bare rooted plants will now be available. Divide clumping plants and fill up empty spots in your garden. Add a splash of colour to your garden with winter flowering annuals.
9. Keep an eye out for fungal diseases and insects (especially snails).
10. Pull out weeds before they get out of control.
Source: Better Pets & Gardens