Essential Offseason Garden Care

fog in early morning in late autumn or winter garden.

You’ve harvested your crops for the season, and now’s the time to rest. Well, not exactly. If you knock out some projects now, you’ll be ready to dive right in and start planting in the spring. Check out some simple gardening maintenance tasks that will help you get ready for next year.

Put Down Mulch

You don’t want the rain to beat down on your soil this fall and winter. If that happens, it’ll be as hard as a brick when spring rolls around, so you’ll spend a ton of time getting it back in shape. You can prevent this by covering bare spots with mulch. And you don’t even need to buy mulch from the store. Instead, you can gather the leaves that have fallen in your yard and put them down for mulch. Along with providing cover, leaves will enrich your soil, so it’ll be ready to grow a nice harvest next year.

Get Your Tools Ready

Your tools had quite the workout this season, so you need to ensure they’re ready in the spring. First, wash all your tools to get rid of the dirt and grime. When you finish, make sure you dry them off. Then, you can handle any maintenance tasks, such as oiling hinges and sharpening blades. Finally, put them in storage for the year. Make sure to choose a spot that’ll protect the tools from the elements.

Handle Hose Repairs

Just like your tools, you’ve used your garden hose a bunch this year. That means you might have a leaky connection or rips and tears. Often, you just need to replace a rubber washer or coupling to get your hose back into working order. If you need some supplies, you can grab a hose repair kit online or at a garden center.

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Tackle Your Planter Boxes

Were you thinking about how you’d like some new planter boxes, but you never seem to have the time? Now that the season’s harvest is complete, you can tackle the project. Build a planter box or two with wood so you can use them next season.

These tips will help you get ready for spring. Then, when it’s time to plant, you can hit the ground running.

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