In the northern hemisphere it feels like the winter is finally upon us, leaving us with short days and not much inclination to be in the garden. The good news is that the garden doesn’t generally need much from you at this time of year. Many of you may have been told that you need to get your garden ready for winter. To cut back the dead plants and clear away all of the undergrowth and dead leaves.
However, have you ever stopped to think whether this is really necessary. Yes, it might look a little neater, but ultimately you’re making it harder for your the life in your garden to endure the winter. A carpet of leaves provides some insulation and nutrients to the soil for the winter. The dead stalks from your summer flowers may provide a winter hiding place for insects. When all said and done, the healthiest solution for your garden is just to leave it there until the spring.
A great solution for busy urbanites, it means less work around the house! However, if you find it too messy and you really want to have a tidy look for the winter we recommend the following:
- See if you can find an out-of-the-way place to pile up all the sticks and leaves that you remove, where they can still provide some winter refuge.
- You might consider neatly spreading your autumn leaves over any exposed soil to give it a warm blanket for the cold months.
May you and your gardens have a cosy winter!