Winter is coming. Well yes, it’s happening right now. Where winter season brings the cozy cold nights, gatherings by the fire and loads of fun stuff in its baggage, a lot of different things are waiting for you to cater in your garden landscaping too. Here are the best garden landscaping tips for all the Aussies to curate their garden/ lawn this winter season.
1. Winter Crops
For the residents of Northern NSW and South-east Queensland, the subtropical area, plantation broccoli, onion, lettuce, radish, turnips, spinach, and peas will be great. In the temperate regions of Sydney, Victoria, and coastal NSW, plantation of green beans, peas, and English spinach suits the best. In a dry area, tomato, broccoli, shallot, radish cauliflower, onion, and lettuce will fruit perfectly. In the Mediterranean parts of the Australia, including Perth and Adelaide, plantation of citrus fruits, olive and avocado trees is the best by the end of March. Here you can find more about plants and to decide which are suitable for your garden.
2. Pest Control in Winter
In winter season garden pests find salvage in the garden, so the start of this season is the best time to get rid of the pests by thoroughly attacking their small hideouts at your place. If not taken care at the right time, then these can grow wildly in the spring season and can go out of control, ruining the plants all over.
The best thing to do is a thorough clean-up of your garden to start off. Most of the pests hibernate around big trees in the form of cocoons and plan to reside there for the whole season. For example, hiding places of moth cocoons are generally found near the pear, pear or another sweet fruit tree. To get rid of these pests, a detailed cleaning of all the area is required which require trashing out any loose bark, or any infected fruit that shows signs of contamination. Some fruit trees, such as of loquat, are found to the perfect place for fruit fly population maturation in the cold winter season. For this pest, the spray is essentially important, and you must keep a thorough check on the trees regularly. Similarly, pests also get attracted towards vibrant and juicy strawberry plants. So, as soon as the winter season commences, be ready to do some pest control in your garden with safety use.
3. Less Watering of the Potted Plants
Watering of the plants is essentially important regardless of their type, or the season. But you have to be water-wise. As plants require a lesser amount of water in the winter season than they require in the hot summer weather. Another thing to consider is that potted plants must not retain water for a long time. Retaining water, firstly, is not needed by the plant, and secondly, it invites pests to grow.
4. Do not Add Chilling Water
Plants are living beings, so it’ll be wise to add slightly warm temperature in chilling winters. It will be great for the growth of the plant if you check the temperature of the water. Tap water is chilling cool in this winter season, so mix it up with hot water and add a little warm water to the plants. Adding water to any extreme temperatures can shock the roots of the plants, so be wise while watering in winters.
5. Weed Control Before start of the Rainfall
Cool breezes of chilling winter, foggy nights, and heavy rains go hand in hand. While this cool season feels awesome snuggle inside the home, a whole lot of weed also start showing itself all over the garden. So, before you put your blanket on, let’s get to work first. Following the dry autumn season, raining season brings the most favorable conditions for weeds to grow fast. So, it’s important that you get rid of them as soon as possible before they get mature and start seeding. As once they start seeding, it’ll be hard to control years long weeding. If you have a small garden then hand weeding is the best option to take them away because the soil is softer and it can be easily removed from the roots. In case of larger area, use hoes or tillers. If you are still unsure of their complete removal, then use chemical control.
6. Winter Pruning
Adding to your to-do-list this winter season is surely the pruning of plants. The basic purpose of pruning is to wide open all the different parts of the plants, so that whole plant receives equal sunshine and warmth from the rays. This way fruit-bearing plants will not only remain away from any fungal attack but will also grow very well.
The young deciduous fruit trees must be pruned in the winters, otherwise, they can get infected or diseased. Pruning will help these trees to grow to manageable size. Apricot is an exception in this regard, as it is not that much prone to get diseased or infected as others.
Flower-bearing ornamental plants must also be pruned in winters. But be vigilant while doing that, as do not cut before the flowering period ends.
Hydrangea stem pruning will also be done. Cut those stems which have not bear any flower in the previous year, but leave the new one and wait for it to flower in the next season.
Prune out old wood, prune back the shrubs and make room for new healthy flowering buds and leaves to grow in the next season.
Coming to rose, which needs a special pruning treatment in the winter season, prunes it any time starting from July and fertilize the soil for good root growth. This will increase their flower bearing capacity for the coming spring season.
7. Position Your Plants Accordingly
Sun in the sky of Australia usually shines in the Northern part, and keep on moving far north as the winter season progress. So, if your plantation resides on the Southern side of your home, then plants will get scarce sunlight in this cool weather. Plants will have to survive extremely cold conditions and foggy nights of winters, so you must position them where they can receive as much sunshine as possible.