While many people believe Winter is a slow time in the garden there are still a huge range of tasks to be completed and a great way to warm up, below is a guide of some of the jobs to be completed over the Winter months
- Pruning, now is the time to get in your Winter pruning. Pruning of deciduous plants and trees, removal of diseased and crossed branches, thinning canopies, improving shape and form. Prune deciduous vines back to their main frame work. Prune roses and hydrangeas at the very end of Winter, even early Spring once the last risk of frost has passed
- Dividing/Transplanting plants, now is a great time to get in divide crowded perennials or transplant deciduous plants, ensure proper preparation of the soil around the new planting site and mulch heavily once planted
- Clean up the garden, particularly towards the end of Winter clean up some of those forgotten areas of the garden with a harsh pruning (Species dependent) and thinning, get on top of weeds before they spread and get ahead of the rush to come in Spring. Clean up dropped fruit around fruit trees from your Autumn crop to reduce disease and pests
- Mulching is a good task for Winter while pruning, mowing etc. slows access can often be easier with less leaves around. Mulch will also help regulate soil temperature reducing cold shock to plants
- Irrigation, Winter is a great time to really service your irrigation system, flush drip lines, service and adjust sprinkler heads and don’t forget to reduce your watering
- Frost Damage, if any of your plants are damaged by frost hold off removing the damaged foliage until the last frost has passed, pruning will encourage new shoots which will be even more susceptible to another frost.
- Flowers, Winter is a great time to get some colour into the garden when it needs it the most, visit your local nursery there are many exotics and natives that flower through winter that will help lift your garden. Planning year round flowering can be difficult, the simplest way for the home gardener…. Visit your local nursery every month throughout the year, each month buy one plant in flower, do this for a full year and you will have flowers year round.
- Veggies, don’t forget your Winter Vegetables, members of the brassica and allium family’s or plant a green manure crop to get your beds ready for Spring