Doing the work to prepare your garden for winter is essential if you want to ensure that your plants keep living their best life – but where do you start?
What we Aussies regard as “cold” or “hot” can change dramatically depending on which state you reside in. After all, the weather we can expect from winter can vary dramatically between Cairns and Canberra, right? In order to protect your plants from frosts, pests and even weeds during the cooler months, now is the time to start preparing your garden for winter.
Five Tips On Prepping Your Garden For Winter
Even in the subtropics and northern parts of the country, you may see morning temperatures that fall to single digits – however, all plants have natural mechanisms that protect them from harsh conditions, even weeds.
Look, we get it – it’s too cold, too dark and often just too hard. However, winter isn’t the time to slack off and ignore your garden, especially if you want it looking lush in time for spring.
Plant Appropriately – If you don’t pay attention to what the best types of plants are to introduce prior to winter, there’s a high chance that they won’t make it through the colder months. Before winter sets in, bulbs need to go in the ground, as do edibles and bare-rooted roses and trees. Many perennials can also be lifted, divided and replanted, so don’t leave it too late.
Clear Debris – It can be tempting to leave dead or dying plants where they are for the moment and clear up what’s left of them in the spring, but by doing so you’ll be lending a helping hand to many pests who will happily feast on this smorgasbord, and in turn your plants. This organic material can also be added to your compost pile, so don’t waste it.
Your Lawn – Be sure to fertilise your lawn so that it’s in it’s best shape before the winter frosts arrive, and helps to minimise any potential stress associated with the weather changes and room for weeds to potentially take hold. Try an organic and chemical free plant food like Biotic Booster for a safer alternative.
Add Organic Matter – The fine arts that are mulching and composting work wonders when it comes to moisture retention and keeping weeds at bay. Ultimately, organic matter breaks down over time to improve the quality of your soil via nutrients sourced from natural substances. In a nutshell, mulch is your garden’s BFF – especially when getting ready for winter.
Prune And Train – Pruning helps to improve the health and appearance of your plants, and promotes healthy growth. By removing dead or dying branches on hedges and fruit trees, you’re encouraging new growth to get comfortable before the stress of colder weather arrives. Now is also the time to get any potential hedges or vines in shape, so they know where to grow.
Boosting The Health Of Your Garden For Winter
Do your plants – and yourself – a favour, and give them a head start by optimising your soil prior to planting. By adding a chemical free garden food like Biotic Booster, this will help your garden to:
- Provide essential nutrients and microbes
- Act as a liquid fertiliser to unlock your soil’s potential
- Drought proof your plants and lower water consumption
- Increase and speed up the germination process
- Assist in protecting your plants from pests and diseases
- Provide an organic solution that’s safe to use with herbs, fruit and veggies
If you’re ready to take the leap into improving the health of your plants while minimising the use of chemical based fertilisers this Winter, then it may be time to try a plant probiotic. Our Ultimate Garden Health Pack includes our Biotic Booster Plant Food, FP-60 Probiotic Spray and RE-250 Soil Energiser plant probiotic products. In each concentrated bottle, millions of natural bacterias are waiting to find a new home in your garden.
Here at Bioweed, we specialise in environmentally friendly gardening products, including herbicides, plant probiotics, and natural alternatives to traditional gardening solutions. Should you have any questions about how to improve the sustainability of your garden or even what to plant in Winter, get in touch with us today.