As the seasons change from one to the next, you need to do different things in your garden. Sometimes, it’ll be pruning, while other times, it’s sowing or removing unwanted weeds.
In this post, we take a look at some of the end-of-season tasks you’ve been neglecting. Completing them will help your garden look fantastic going forwards.
If you allow weeds to get out of control, they’ll eventually take control of your garden and outcompete the species that you want. Some common weeds include things like couch grass, spear thistle, horsetail and broad dock leaves.
You can remove these naturally by pulling them up. Or you can simply dab them with a herbicide to kill them all the way down to the roots.
If you forget to deal with them at the end of the season, you may wind up with bare patches on your lawn or beds later on, and you don’t want that!
Clean Up The Mess
There’s often more mess at the end of the season than at the beginning. Fallen leaves, twigs, branches and so on are all common. What’s more, you might have left some seasonal inputs lying around, like bulbs or sacks of rotted manure.
Whatever the case, make sure that you clean up the mess. Commit to prepping your garden for the start of the new season and the unique challenges that it brings.
Remove Any Dangerous Trees
At the end of the season, check to see whether there has been any damage to your trees. According to S&B Tree Services, strong winds can make them unstable. Trees buffeted around can become loose in the ground, making it much more likely that they will topple over during future storms. In some cases, you can tightly pack the soil around the base of the tree, but usually your only option is to remove it. If you don’t remove it, it could damage property or, worse still, injure someone.
Prepare The Soil
As the seasons change, so too does the soil. At the beginning of the season, spread compost or rotted manure on your soil. Use two inches or more to provide growing plants with the nutrition and conditions they need to thrive.
Don’t be afraid to lay soil down before freezing conditions arrive. Allowing it access to sunlight and microbes in the garden over the cooler months of the year will help to prepare it more for the spring so that it’s ready for any plants, flowers or crops you want to grow.
If you’re planning on growing a herb bed, make sure that the soil is of the right quality. Herbs generally taste better when grown in poor soil as the plants themselves produce more stress compounds which our taste buds interpret as flavour.
Lastly, you’ll want to add mulch in areas that you’d like to keep plant-free – particularly around the base of trees. Mulch has a number of benefits. It helps to reduce soil erosion, maintains a porous surface and, in many cases, conserves water.