Fun Fall Container Gardening
Winter is well and truly on the way!
Each season has its own rules to follow if you want to create a perfect garden, but autumn and winter are definitely quite challenging periods of the year for our beloved gardens and lawns. Once spring and summer are over, we tend to think that there will be less to do in the garden. Wrong! Autumn actually is a very active period for gardening!
So, why don’t you take advantage of these last days of good weather to do some cleaning before the real cold sets in?
Let’s start with mulch. What is it? Simple: you have to cover the ground with a layer of organic material, in order to prevent the growth of weeds, maintain soil moisture, protect the soil from erosion and increase soil temperature and protect from frost.
To get a good mulch, you can easily use leaves, grass clippings, bark, manure, wood chips, compost and even kitchen scraps, such as peelings or eggshells!
Remember to protect your pot plants: they are delicate, and during the winter they should be stored inside the house or in a greenhouse. It is advisable to protect some of the more delicate plants in your flowerbeds too, with garden fleece, or special sheets for the garden and a protective layer of straw, bark and dry leaves. In every case, always pay attention to the light: every plant has its own requirements in terms of lighting.
To prepare the ground for planting new plants, clearing away fallen leaves is definitely the first step, followed by the removal of any diseased plants. It is also useful to eliminate annual plants, like basil and marigolds. Be careful though: do not pull them out, but cut them back, leaving the roots.
Also check your gutters: they could be clogged by fallen leaves, if so clear them out so they are working effectively.
Let us not forget the lawn. It is highly recommended that you prevent the ground from being compacted and you can do this by aerating the lawn with small verticle holes. You can do this by using a garden fork or a special hollow tine aerator. As well as reducing compaction, this will also improve drainage.
Also, do not let autumn leaves rot on the ground or in garden ponds. Clear them with a blower vac, or use your lawnmower with the collector fitted to pick them up. Do not burn them, though! They can be turned into compost and used for mulching.
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