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How To Maintain Your Garden Over Winter

By Laura Anderson

As the weather cools and leaves begin to drop, it’s important to remember that your garden still needs love. How you take care of your garden over the winter months will set you up for a spring garden that blooms and blossoms.

Although the differing temperatures around the country call for different tips, there are some general rules to remember no matter which part of the country you reside in.

Winter is, in fact, a great time to get out in the garden so perhaps the biggest mistake people can make is to stop gardening during the fruitful winter period. Winter is also an excellent time for maintenance. As the demands of your garden change during the cooler months, it’s a great time to service, clean and sharpen the tools more frequently used during spring and summer.

Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA) maintains that cold weather for an extended period is no excuse not to ignore your garden. Go for vegetables that will settle in over winter and “go gangbusters” once spring arrives such as peas, beans, radish, turnips, spring onion and spinach.SGA insists that weeding is still needed at this time of the year. It will be less frequent, but to avoid having to spend some serious hours getting your garden ready once the cold settles down, it’s recommended to keep on top of weeds.

Winter is rose pruning time, and an excellent opportunity to reshape trees with a chainsaw or pole pruner, particularly deciduous trees that have shed their leaves during autumn.

Be sure to clean up the last of the autumn leaves with a blower, they can become slippery in the rain and detrimental to your lawn.

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