While it is summer right now and it is warm and delightful outside, it is important to keep the preparations you will need to make for winter in the back of your mind. One of the most important things that you can do for your yard is prepare your garden beds for the cold months.
Why do it now? There are many reasons for preparing your garden beds in such a way, both from a practical and aesthetic standpoint. That being said, your plants are going to be the party which benefits the most from the experience.
If you have perennial plants in your garden beds, such as vine bearing plants or those which are planted underground, then you will want to do what you can in order to protect them. Additionally, preparing your garden beds in this way will also keep the ground within in good shape, keeping the winter from turning it into a messy slog or ruining the PH balance of the dirt.
How can I prepare? A good way to prepare your garden beds for the winter is actually with leaves. Should you be able to collect the leaves which drop from your trees during the fall then you can make an organic covering which will keep the beds in much better shape comparatively.
Gather up all of the leaves which are necessary fort eh job, and then spread them over your garden. Apply an even coat of them which is fairly thick, and cover all of the growing space with it.
These leaves are going to act as an insulator for any plants which are left in the ground, preserving them more effectively from freezing completely and dying as a result. Not only will this save you the money and the trip to get replacement plants, but it will also make the ones which you have more viable and effective in their given purpose.
These leaves also are going to act as an organic mulch, providing good nutrients to the soil during the winter months. The very top of the layer will take the impact of the cold and will freeze.
Underneath said layer, the rest of the leaves will decay and provide the beneficial nutrients in order to keep the plants in the ground in good shape. All in all, this is a good practice to perform whether you have plants in the ground or not.
Put simply, you will have a garbed which is in much more viable growing shape ion the spring if you are willing to put in the time and the effort to provide the leaf coating. It is an investment to be sure, but it is one which will be quite beneficial down the line.
This process does not have to be difficult or tricky- rather, it uses what is provided by nature in order to get the best results possible out of the experience. When it all comes down to it, using such natural organic debris is going to make for a much better experience for everyone who is involved in the process.