Garden Tips For Winter

Garden tips for winter should be all about helping you cope with a difficult time in the garden. It’s still winter and spring seems to be reluctant to show itself, but there are a number of things you can do in the garden in preparation for the warmer and sunnier days to come. This is a time when many things can be prepared as there is often not a lot you can do if there’s snow, heavy rain or a lot of wind about. However, there are fine days in winter too, and when they come around, make the most of them.

Bulbs should be planted at this time, your gladioli, tulips, crocus, amaryllis, daffodils and lily bulbs, perhaps. Plant your bulbs in holes about four inches, or 10 centimetres if you prefer metric, deep. Cover them over carefully with soil. Also push the soil around them gently to ensure that there are no air pockets, as pockets of air can cause the bulbs to rot.

This is a good time to give your trees, shrubs and fruit bushes a little food boost. Place compost or fertilizer around them all, making sure that the fertilizer contains the right proportions of phosphorus, nitrogen and potassium. This will give these plants a new lease of life when the warmer days come and some serious growth starts to take off.

If you have a small garden these garden tips are easier to do, but even if you have a lot going on in your garden, the work is still very much worth doing. If you have a path, and if it has been quite wet over the winter, there may be moss or algae accumulated. The same may be true of a patio or decking, and it all needs to be cleaned off. It’s best to use a tar-oil winter wash for this purpose, which can be purchased at any good gardening store.

Birds are your friends in any garden, so don’t forget them when it’s cold. If you don’t already have a bird feeder, now is the time to get one. Don’t forget water either. Birds will thank you for giving them access to water. If the water freezes, as it probably will, break the ice gently each morning. Never use anti-freeze! Really! You may laugh at the idea, but it has been done by well-meaning people, and of course, the birds who drank it were killed. Garden tips like this one should not have to be mentioned, but…

Ponds freeze over too. However, don’t break the ice in the usual way. The shock wave this creates could kill some of the life in there. Instead, use warm water at the edge of the pond to create a hole in the ice. This will allow any build up of gases to escape.