Top Tips, Getting Your Garden Ready For Winter.
Meet Rach Louise, She is our top member over at Gardening On A Budget this month, That is due to her amazing help and advice given on a daily basis to members of the group. Today she tells us how to Get your garden ready for winter.
The summer is almost over (boooo!) and now is the time when many of us start looking towards the autumn and winter months.
The lockdown sparked a wave of new found gardeners and has produced some spectacular gardens, but, now you’ve spent the money, how do you keep it looking good through the autumn and winter months?
What do you plant? How do you look after what you’ve got? Well, hopefully, these next series of posts will help!
💜💚 PART 1 – ORNAMENTAL GARDEN PLANTS💚💜
The purpose of overwintering is to simply protect your garden over the winter months and get your garden ready for winter. It is also about preparing for next spring.
September is a great month to get the last of the hardy plants and bushes into settle before the winter months. Bushes such as pyracantha need some time to build its rhizosphere (the community of bacteria the roots attract that help convert nitrogen into usable forms) and they need to do this before the ground gets hard and cold and the microbes can’t work.
It’s also a good time to move plants that are well out of flower. Rhododendron, azalea and climbers such as certain clematis (non winter flowering varieties), if they need moving, September is a good time to get your garden ready for winter.
Hardy perennials such as delphinium and aquilegia can also be planted out at this time, as well as daffodil bulbs for next spring. You can also look to winter flowers, cyclamen, snowdrop, early spring bulbs such as hyacinth and bluebell should also be set around this time. Winter pansies and viola can have their seed set outdoors right up until first frosts.
But what about what you’ve already got?
Care over winter depends totally on what the plant is.
Proper overwintering can save a ton of money. Many plants we grow as annuals can be overwintered indoors as houseplants, greatly extending their life. Tender plants such as begonia, impatens and geranium can have their lives vastly extended by bringing indoors. Tender perennials are generally not hardy below 4 degrees celcius (40f) and are best stored indoors too. A shed or basement is suffice.
Tropical plants need even more heat. Palms, bougainvillea, certain hibiscus and citrus trees all need a warm climate. Where these can’t be brought indoors or a heated greenhouse, consider fleecing. Don’t worry about sunlight so much, they’ll soon green up again in the spring. Keeping them alive but dormant is more important.
This time is also a great time to take cuttings from roses, clematis, jasmin and fuchsia to root on a windowsill until spring.
Plants that grow from bulbs wholly depends on the bulb it grows from. Many bulbs and corms can be left in the ground or pots but do benefit from lifting and splitting the bulbs and corms after flowering. However, tender tubers such as dahlia benefit from being lifted and dried to avoid the tubers rotting. They can be left in pots but try to keep the pots sheltered and just moist, not wet. If they cannot be moved, consider mulching to a depth no less than half a foot.
It’s important to slow the growth. Firstly, as autumn rolls around cut down on the nitrogen fertiliser, either by switching brand or stopping completely if possible.
Then, leave a couple of the roses on to develop into rosehips. This tells the plant that flowering season is over. Once it has done this, mulch over the crown to about a foot deep with either leaf or bark mulch.
GRASS THOUGH!! What about grass?
Grass keeps going while the weather is warm, so the last cut depends on where you live. Grass stops growing below 10c (50f), Southern regions may find their last cut is December, northern as early as October. Unless your grass is an annual seeding type, it will winter just fine with a good cut before dormancy.
After your first winter you will learn a lot. Make a note of what you have done if it helps, that way you can look back next year and change it up to suit what you’ve got.
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