Winter is a time where most of us are tempted to stay in the house and ignore our gardens completely. Although not as many plants will thrive during the winter months, it is still important for us to keep on top of the weeds and pruning to ensure we save money next year on gardening.
If you are unsure what sort of things you can do in the garden, here are some of the simple jobs you can do which will allow you to keep your garden looking fresh and tidy into the spring.
Get rid of weeds
The first and most obvious job you can do during the winter to keep the garden fresh is some Weed Removal. Weeds can grow at any time of the year, and there are many weeds that will overwinter and bloom again during the spring if you don’t get rid of them. Head outside and pull out as many weeds as you can, and you can also use salt to sprinkle between your paving stones to help stop anything from growing there in the coming months.
Fertilizing the garden is one of the best things you can do during the winter because a lot of the plants that grow in the summer months will be lying dormant under the surface. Empty flower beds provide the perfect opportunity for you to spread some fertilizer down and create a nutrient-rich bed for new plants when they start to germinate in spring. This is a great trick and the added bonus is that your flower beds will look so much more neat and tidy in no time!
Mix your compost bin
If you have a compost bin, now is a good time to churn it up and allow it to mulch down before the spring arrives. If the compost you have is already degraded enough, you can even start spreading this over your flower beds to get that nutrient-rich layer of soil ready for the spring.
Trim the grass
Grass will still grow in winter, just at a very slow rate. If you have left your grass since the end of the summer, it is time for you to take control and trim it for the winter so that it looks tidy and fresh until the springtime. When grass gets long in winter and it becomes heavier, the rain will stick to it and you’ll end up with a boggy lawn. You can avoid this by trimming the grass and allowing airflow, which will in turn prevent moss and weeds from growing under your grass.
Shape your trees
January is always an ideal time to trim, shape, and cut down any trees you no longer want. The reason for this is simple – birds will have migrated to warmer places during the winter, so you don’t have the risk of cutting down a tree with a bird’s nest inside. Cutting it during winter allows you to have a fresh and tidy garden without any of the risks.