Depending on where you live, we’re now in the middle of our beautiful fall season. Leaves are changing color and falling to the ground, the air is cold and crisp, and the blooms we enjoyed in the spring and summer are falling away.
Fall is a lovely time, and even a seasonal favorite, for many. But with the coming of winter, homeowners and gardeners have responsibilities they don’t have to worry about in the warmer months. You guessed it: it’s time to winterize.
Some people have all their ducks in a row and have already started preparations. But for the procrastinators and those prone to stress, here are a few quick tips for making the whole process of winterizing a little easier.
First, you don’t need to remove all those fallen leaves. Though it makes the yard look nice to clear them away, keeping the leaves available, either where they’ve fallen or in one pile, actually helps the local ecosystem, including birds and squirrels, who are building nests and warming their dens for the winter!
Second, knowing the temperament of your flowers will save you time. Some of the flowers in your garden are heartier than others and will still bloom with fervor in the spring, even after being snowed on. For your more delicate flowers, however, you’ll want to trim them down or wrap them in a cluster to avoid damaging them.
Third, turn any ground where you intend to plant or upkeep flowers and other plants in the spring. You won’t want to turn your plants, of course, but just the ground around them. Whether it’s dirt alone, or mulch, or rock, turn the ground a little bit. Unsettling the ground, and even mixing your mulch and rock in a little bit, can help to keep the ground a little softer the following spring. This will help you with your spring cleaning and upkeep once the snow has melted.
But most of all, enjoy the season. It may be getting colder, and you may prefer the warmer months when your plants are blooming, but without these colder months, those plants wouldn’t flourish, and without them, it’d be a much duller place to live. Enjoy the process!