Preparing Your Winter Garden
Autumn starts to bring some cooler weather and is moving swiftly towards the cold winter months. How is our winter garden different from the warmer months? It’s one thing for us as we dig out our jumpers and jackets, but what should we be digging out in the garden and what about the lawn?
In this article, we’ll have a look at how to best prepare your lawn and garden for the coming cooler months.
RAKE, RAKE, RAKE
When you rake the lawn, you get two bonuses: Firstly, it’ll deal with any leaves and loose debris that’s around. Secondly, it’ll aerate the soil a bit. Not enough as is needed as we’ll cover in the next point, but it all helps and you get to remove the dead grass while you’re at it.
AERATE THE SOIL
Soil aerating is best left for the end of Autumn. While still watering your lawn, you’ll use either a self-propelled aerating machine or one that uses a bit more manual labour. Either way, you’ll be punching holes through the soil and when you water the lawn that’ll add extra water into the soil which will help when Spring rocks back around.
MOW YOUR LAWN
Mowing your lawn every couple of weeks, even though it’s not growing real fast (due to it being more dormant from the cold), allows the sunlight to get to the top of the grass and can lessen brown grass patches turning up as well as prep it for when it grows.
SPRAYING FERTILISER ON THE SOIL
The reason you want to fertilise in Autumn, especially as winter approaches, is because the rate of growth in your grass slows right down. Basically, you’ll get more bang for your buck with the fertiliser as it delivers the much-needed nutrients to the roots and the grass can store it til Spring. Once the sun cranks out again and it starts to warm up, up comes your grass having everything that it needs to grow healthy and quickly.
WINTER GARDEN TIPS:
TIDY YOUR BEDS UP!
- Trim back any vines as you prepare your winter garden and make sure you’ve cut any perennials that have had their day.
- Pick up any loose sticks, leaves, and debris. Basically, give it the once over making it look brand new again!
- Hand weed to make sure you’ve got them out and then put on a layer of much to stop regermination.
- It’s bulb planting time, too!
- Fertilise your winter garden with a controlled release fertiliser such as Scotts Osmocote® Total All Purpose
- Loquat trees are good at helping the fruit fly population. So, get a bit of Yates Nature’s Way Fruit Fly while keeping an eye on the fruit and get rid of any that are already infected.
- Don’t forget to plant your artichoke crowns, asparagus, rhubarb and shallots, Strawberry (named varieties), winter lettuce, onion, spinach, radish, broad bean, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, broccolini.
- If you are planting young ones, you’ll need to deal with the ol’ slugs and snails. Be sure to grab some organic-certified baits and be sure you get some that are pets or children friendly(er).
AROUND THE HOUSE
- Don’t forget to get up and have a good old inspect and clean of the gutters, valleys, and downpipes. Chuck your hose down one of the downpipes and check that it’s all running away as it should be (or wait till a rainy day and walk around doing a bit of an inspection).
- Pack away and store your outdoor furniture. Obviously, this is if it doesn’t have a decent cover like a patio or such. But is still important to consider heavy rain and high wind season approaching.
So, get rugged up and get out into the garden or just make the most of our last few sunny days here in the beautiful southwest and do a bit of a tidy-up and prepare for the cooler months to come.
When you know how to approach it, your winter garden can look great and be just as productive as your summer one.
How are you approaching winter in your garden? Would love to hear your comments and thoughts below and if you need any advice or have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out through our contact form or just give me a call direct on 0439 937 879