WINTER GARDENING TIPS
Check irrigation systems are clear of water before frosts arrive.
Any water in your irrigation systems will freeze and expand and cause cracking and damage.Ideally store your hose away rather than exposing them to the winter temperatures.After the leaf fall of autumn guttering and spouts will need to be cleared to avoid blocking and damage when the winter rain arrives.
Ensure you aerate, fertilise and mow before the first frosts set in. once the weather turns cold the fertiliser will remain in the soil and feed your lawn’s roots throughout winter.
If you leave you lawn too tall during winter months you could attract field mice and other burrowing creatures. make sure your grass is as short to protect any fragile new growth from the end of the growing season.
Clear away any debris and dead leaves from your lawn to avoid wet spots that can become mossy and mouldy.
Time to ensure your plants, trees and shrubs receive a fresh layer of mulch. Mulching in winter is just as important in winter as it is in summer. A healthy layer of mulch will help to protect roots and bulbs from winter frosts. It will also help to reduce the drying nature of the coldest season. Bare, unprotected soil will lose water much faster in cold weather.
Winter is an excellent time to eliminate weeds from our garden plots and flower beds, as weeds are the first things to germinate when a warm spell arrives.
GARDEN BED PREPARATION
To ensure healthy Spring planting replenish the nutrients in your garden beds. Compost and suitable manure in most beds will provide a nourishing addition to your soil. These additions will improve the soil structure providing beneficial nutrients and improving water retention.
Hydrangeas can be pruned as of June. Taking back the stems that did flower last summer and just the tips of those that didn’t.
Prepare beds for planting out roses from July.
Chrysanthemums can now be cut back to the base to encourage growth of fresh shoots.
Flower seedlings such as cineria, viola, pansy and calendula can be planted now for vibrant winter colour.
COLD SEASON VEGETABLE PLANTING
Winter planting vegetables (June to August)
Artichokes (from July)
Asparagus (before August)
Broad Beans (from August)
Cabbages (from August)
Carrots (from August)
Chinese Greens (from August)
Parsnips (from August)
Potatoes (from August)
Rhubarb (from August)
Shallots (from August)
Silverbeet (from August)
Swede (from August)