How to Keep Your Garden Healthy During Winter

Posted on Dec 26, 2017 9:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

How to Keep Your Garden Healthy During Winter | The Experienced GardenerEven the most amateur gardener knows that plants need water. You spend money and time watering your plants during the spring, summer and even parts of fall. When the rainy season comes around, it might seem like a great thing for your lawn and plants, and it is. They’ll be getting the nutrients and hydration they need with much less effort on your part .There are, however, some downsides to this season. There are some things you’ll need to be careful to do during the colder months of the year in order to keep your plants and garden healthy. Here we’ve listed some of the most important practices.

Drainage

It’s never a good idea to leave water standing out. Not only can it attract mosquitos, it can cause damage to any surface that it sits on for a long amount of time. What you might not have known is that standing water can also hurt your lawn. When rain gathers in your yard, it attracts pests and helps fungi grow, which can both do damage to your lawn.

If you’re dealing with this issue, you might not know how to get rid of the water. One good option to drain water from your lawn is a french drain. These are fairly easy to install, but if it seems too overwhelming for you, or you’d rather make sure it’s done right the first time, you can always hire a professional gardening service to install it for you.

Stay off of your lawn

During the cold months, your lawn is in it’s most vulnerable state. You’ll need to go much more easy on it now than you would during the summer. When you walk on the lawn after a heavy rain, your feet push down on the soil, compacting and making it more difficult for grass to grow.   Stay off of the grass as much as possible. If you have children, try to limit their time running around on the lawn, which you’ll probably be doing anyway since it’ll be fairly cold out.

Keep an eye on trees

Your lawn isn’t the only thing vulnerable to fungi damage. Any trees that you have growing in your garden are also susceptible to disease because of fungi growth. Watch for signs of disease in your trees. Some of the most common signs of disease include yellowing leaves, or dried up, dying branches. If you see any of these signs, you might want to contact your gardening specialist to help you implement some damage control.

Avoid Overwatering

Many outdoor plants are tough to overwater. If you’ve been watching them closely and they look fine during the rain, they probably are. However, some plants that thrive in dry climates might need to be protected from too much rain. The biggest warning sign for overwatering is wilting leaves. If you notice this, it might be a good idea to cover that plant so that it gets less water.

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