Frosty winter gardens are much more difficult to handle than frost free areas as wet frozen roots are a major cause for killing the plants. What to do in your frosty winter garden?
1. Lawn: Don’t allow frost or dew to dry on the grass. Never try removing the dew with the help of a broom. Early morning is the best time to sprinkle water on the grass. To resist the winter chill, give urea or ammonium sulphate and flood it immediately. Do a treatment of sludge as it creates warmth. In areas receiving heavy snowfall, clean your lawn of any debris as once the snow comes, these can smother your grass, damage your turf and leave your lawn vulnerable to diseases.
Planning For Early Spring Garden – As you plan what to add to your garden this winter, we’re sure you are paying attention to the light and water requirements all good perennial vendors attach to each entry in their catalog. This is very important to your success with each plant. But it is possible to mix more drought loving plants with those that require more moisture in the same planting with good results. The secret lies in the substructure of each given plant’s area in the bed.
Drought lovers do like some water, they will reward you with a much more beauty with some weekly water…in a drought bed. But what if you want to put say – lavender and phlox in with lobelia and ligularia? Those water requirements can really hamper one’s creativity!
Water and Drainage: Planting in Dry and Wet Soil – Drainage is always a critical element that affects how a plant adjusts to the place it is grown. The definition of drainage is the movement of water through the soil. Water moving quickly through the soil means that drainage is good or fast. This type of soil is referred to as well-drained. When water move very slowly, drainage is poor.
This doesn’t mean you can’t have a garden in a poorly drained area. But your choices of plants will have to be limited to species that grow well in wet soil conditions. There are ways to improve drainage some of which are mentioned below.
How To Help Wild Birds During The Winter? wild birds could survive fairly well in the winter. The combination of climate change and declining bird habitat has made it tougher for birds to survive. There are some pretty simple things that you can do to ensure that the birds in your area can be healthy through the winter. It is great if you can do all of the things on the list, but as with all things, starting small is just fine.
1. If possible, place a variety of bird feeders out so that you can feed multiple types of birds. Purchasing higher quality feeders will be more economical in the long run.
Having A Garden Workshop In The Backyard – den enthusiasts require not just a patch of grass or simple tools to be able to prepare plants within the backyard. There is also a need to have garden workshops where you’ll be able to have usable spaces in preparing your plants, storing equipment as well as growing your plants from seedlings to full bloom. However, just like any other garden sheds which you can have, there are numerous ways and considerations before you are able to have completely functional and desirable garden buildings.
The initial step to have garden workshop in the backyard would be to decide how you are going to use the available location within the yard where you need to build these garden sheds.
Topiary In The Winter Garden – Topiary can be as traditional or as modern, as abstract or representational as you wish. All that counts is that you choose the right plant for cutting, pruning and shaping and that it fits in with the rest of the winter garden.
For traditional evergreen topiary use Buxus (box). It can be used to make all kinds of shapes, from squares to balls and peacocks. The small leaves mean you can create precise shapes with tight angles, and it is quite fast growing, at about 30 cm (12 in) a year. Box responds well to regular clipping.