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Preparing Your Garden for the Winter

Nov 17, 2007
Winter gardening is possible though several people think that when the winter season comes and the weather starts getting colder, gardening tools have to put aside and wait for spring to enjoy gardening. That is wrong because winter is as essential time to manage and maintain the health of your plants and assure that you'll be having a good crop in the coming seasons. It takes not more than one day to prepare your garden for winter.

The ideal time to prepare your garden in winter is when the temperatures during the night fall to less than 40 degrees Fahrenheit for more than 4 consecutive days (usually when the month of October and November come). You can start it by garden design evaluation; by checking which plants grew healthy in the past season and which were not. As you may not know it, the best time to determine which plants will grow and better bloom in the next year is fall.

In addition, that time (fall) also gives you an essential idea on deciding which particular varieties you can grow. Since this time allows you to determine which plants grow during the spring season, you will have a very good variety of plants that provide great fulfillment that you desire. Aster Novi-belgii; Anemone, Japonica Rudbeckia, Escarole- these are some of plants that will do good in winter gardening.

After doing that, you should begin weeding as part of your winter gardening preparation; managing falling leaves because rotten leaves and weeds carry insects and diseases that might detrimental to your plants' health. As the fall has passed, you would see rotten leaves and branches. Trimming some rotten tree branches do not affect of that big for your plants' health, however, these may fall and block too much sunlight that your plants need.

If you have trees that are younger, you have to consider putting putting stakes and wrap them to survive in winter. Putting much in your garden can help your plant adjust for the sudden change of temperature. For mulch, 5 inches of shredded bark, pine needles or other alternative materials will do help for greater survivability of your winter plants.

After finishing these tasks, be sure to put your gardening tools to there places to avoid rusting and be used again when the next season comes. You should also manage all the slugs because this bugs are worst to stay in your garden. And if you have fish in your pool or fountain, be sure to take them inside when the winter comes.
About the Author
Bercle George is an expert gardener and has published an excellent rose growing and gardening resource at
http://www.rosegrowingguide.com/
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