Winter is one of the most stressful times of year for many people. The lack of sunshine, cold temperatures, and tendency to spend more time indoors leads to an accumulation of stress. Today we will look at ten helpful tips for maintaining a garden and garden fountains through the winter and combating the famed winter blahs.
1. Evergreens can add a great deal of life and color to any space. Planting these trees can add shelter for wild animals and protect your plants from wind. The added color can also help make your garden more relaxing during the colder periods.
2. Vivid colors are pleasing to the eye and can help promote a feeling of relaxation. Planting winter berries in your outdoor garden will help you to create a more festive look and will ensure that a walk in your garden still helps to ease stress.
3. Winterizing your garden water fountains is crucial. Frozen water can crack the base, and leaving the pump in place can break it. Remove the pump before the first freeze and be certain to drain the fountain completely before putting a cover over it.
4. If you have a winter garden, you will want to sink all of your hardy perennials in the deepest part of your pond to help keep them as warm as possible. If you have tropical plants, remove them from the pond so that decomposition will not contaminate your water.
5. Garden fountains, statues, trellises, and benches can stand out in a bare area. Rearrange them after all of the leaves in the yard have fallen so that you can create a relaxing and visually pleasing space.
6. Make certain that you provide food and fresh water for birds and other small wild animals. Trees can provide shelter as well, and the birds will make the space seem more alive.
7. If you have small, young, or fragile plants, cover them with bubble wrap or burlap. This will help protect them from the colder night temperatures, and removing the cover in the morning will help ensure that they still receive oxygen and sunlight.
8. Watch out for winter pests such as snails and slugs. When the bugs are gone for the winter, these creatures will move in on your plants and should be removed.
9. Brush snow off the limbs of smaller plants. Snow can become quite heavy and can break your plants. Be careful not to pile shoveled snow onto your plants and be careful to choose driveway salt that is not harmful to them.
10. Start planning your spring garden now. Curling up with a warm beverage and choosing the plants and decorations you hope to use will help provide you with a sense of warmth and will remind you to look forward to warmer weather to come.