Restless for some productive projects in the sleepy winter season? Us too — which is why we’re keeping busy at Park Seed with garden maintenance. See if any of the chores we’re doing might apply to your garden, too.
As you know, keeping a yard or landscape looking great takes continual love and care, so even though there might not be as many weeds growing out in the yard, winter is a great time to do a few of those things that summer doesn’t allow!
Right now we’re focused on three main landscape jobs: limbing trees, preparing soil, and making sure irrigation lines are leak-free so they don’t burst.
As we limb the trees, we strive to prune them all to the same height, so that they make a good visual impression from a distance. The best way to do this is by standing back, then flagging the branches to be limbed with marking tape or twine to remember exactly which to cut.
Preparing the Soil
Winter is the absolute best time to improve the soil — without lifting a finger! We also put in a lasagna garden, and now is the time to spread compost on areas of poorly draining and infertile soil. During the winter months compost will continue to degrade, although at a much slower rate, and by spring the soil will be looser and richer for it!
Be sure to drain the pipes of any irrigation system that is likely to freeze during winter, and turn on each of the valves to release pressure in the pipes. Turn off irrigation at the main valve, or if you are operating on an automatic system and live in a warm climate, set it on “rain” to prevent the sprinklers from turning on during the winter months.
Winter is also a great time to start seeds for spring, dream about new varieties to try this year, and watch the weather forecasts for a break in the cold!