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Winter proof your garden

Get the most from your garden in winter

Did someone say it’s winter… already!?

Yes, it’s that time of year which either brings out the best in the cold-hardened souls who relish the annual freeze, or those who like to hibernate, and in the process, let their gardens shrivel up too. If you’re the latter type, don your ugg boots, or snuggle up in a warm blanket and learn more about how your garden design can become a real winter wonderland.

Look after your lawn

Look after your lawn

If you’re noticing that the grass is actually greener on the other side of the fence, then take some steps and have a closer look at your own lawn first.

Here are some tips worth considering:

  • Give your grass a feed with a good quality, slow release fertiliser. This encourages the roots to stay active and ensures good growth once the soil temperature rises again.
  • Adjust your lawn mower so it gives a slightly longer cut. This allows a greater surface area on each blade of grass and helps prevent frostbite.
  • Aerate your lawn either with a pitchfork or proper lawn aerator to improve soil drainage and get more oxygen into the soil.
Keep the water coming

Keep the water coming

We may not need as much water as we would in the heat of summer, but we still need a good drink to prevent dehydration. Again, having a good look at the condition of your plants is the best indicator. If the soil looks dry, give it some water.

A lot of plants do become dormant during winter, but evergreens need watering on a weekly basis to prevent them from becoming stressed. Just make sure that you don’t water onto an area that has been frosted over, as the water will obviously just run off.

Reap what you sow

Reap what you sow

There are many plants that actually thrive in a colder climate, especially with your edible varieties. Tatsoi is an Asian leafy green that can tolerate a light frost, while parsnip, leek, radish, kale and chicory are all winter-hardened veges. Just make sure you provide a layer of mulch to help keep the soil warm and your plants happy.

You can protect vulnerable plants from frost is by building light, cloth covered frames around them. Other plants should be moved inside or under cover where they still have access to sunlight.

Time to clean up

Time to clean up

Winter also provides a perfect time to clean up your yard and keep it shape for when spring arrives. Here are some tips to take on board:

  • If you have branches or trees that are damaged, now is the time to remove any parts that aren’t going to survive. Do the same for your bushes, roses and shrubs.
  • To protect shrubs and tender trunks, use plastic or wire mesh to guard them.
  • Get into the areas that need weeding and be sure to discard any seeds into a bin and not in the compost. It is also likely you have lots of leaves and twigs and compostable material, so make sure these go towards your mulch.
Spring into it and talk to us

Spring into it and talk to us

Once the soil temperature begins to warm, you can sit back and watch everything come to life. In the meantime talk to Trevor and the team at Dimension Gardenscape to be sure you have everything in order. We can advise you on those DIY projects or help you with the bigger design projects as you need.

To obtain a free quote, contact Dimension Gardenscape today on 02 6297 9040.

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