Those of us who garden live for Spring. It’s when most gardens and lawns look their absolute best. The flowers bloom, the lawn looks green and full, and it’s a reward for all of your hard work. On the other hand, winter can make people with a green thumb a little nostalgic. There are certain things that you can do for your garden in the spring that you need to hold off on in the winter. Maybe you’re actually missing the chores involved in primping and prepping your garden that you get to take care of in the Spring. Luckily, we have some things that you can do during the winter months to prep for our favorite time of year.
Plan Your Yard
It might not be as fun and involved as getting your hands in the soil, but winter is a great time to make future plans for your lawn and garden. Looking out at your yard during the winter might seem a little sad since nothing is blooming at the moment, but try switching your perspective. Look at your yard as a blank canvas. This might be a good time to bring in a professional to get some recommendations on which plants would look good where, as far as the layout goes. Imagine what your ideal garden would look like this spring and make some notes. When spring comes around, compare the results to what you were hoping for, and decide what changes you’ll need to make in order to achieve better results next spring. It’s also a great time to start researching ways of getting rid of any problems you dealt with this year. If you had more weeds than usual, start figuring out why and looking up solutions that you can put into place once the sun comes out.
Baby Your Lawn
One thing you can do to help your yard look it’s best this spring is be extra gentle with your grass during the winter. Your lawn is especially vulnerable during the cold months, because of the rain. When it rains, the soil below your lawn becomes more malleable, so any pressure added to the top can cause it to compact. Keep toys and other objects like chairs and tables off of your grass during this time. Mow your lawn less than normal, as well. In fact, if you can stand to leave it unmowed, do so. Mowing the lawn while it’s weak can do more damage than good.
Clearing Leaves and Debris
One thing that you can continue doing in the rainy months is clearing leaves and taking out dead plants. It’s actually very important to get rid of fallen leaves and debris during this time because they can block your plants and lawn from getting the nutrients that they need. With the sun in short supply, you’ll want to make sure that your plants are able to take full advantage of it when it is. Making sure your garden is taking in as much sun as it can now will help it bloom this coming Spring.