2 Things To Do To Put Your Garden To Bed For The Winter

As summer turns into fall, there is a whole lot of stuff that you have to do for your garden. Putting your garden to bed for the winter the right way means that you will have less to do when spring comes around. So, what are some of the things that you should do in the fall so that you are ready to go when spring hits?

Cut Back Growth

Fall can be a really good time to prune your plants and cut back extra growth. If you cut back the plants, then come spring, the energy won't go into supporting old growth, but it will start new growth with new flowers and produce. Pruning your plants also means that your plants have less vegetation that could be damaged during severe winter weather. Whatever growth and old greenery that you cut off the plants and shrubs in your garden, you can toss in your compost pile to use as fertilizer in future years. 

Amend the Soil

Another thing that you should do in the fall is amend your soil. The growing season will have taken a lot of nutrients out of the soil, and if you want the plants to grow well in the next season, then you want to make sure that you give the soil more nutrients so that your plants can get those nutrients. You can amend the soil in a lot of ways. One is that you can mix some compost into the soil. Compost is all of your garden waste that has broken down into very good soil. You can mix that into the soil in your garden, especially a vegetable garden, so you can get some great veggies. You can also use commercially produced fertilizer. If you do that, you may want to test your soil so that you can figure out exactly what it's missing. Doing so will let you pick and choose the right kind of fertilizer for your soil. What you are growing in your garden also influences what kind of fertilizer you are going to put in the soil. 

If you have a garden, you want to make sure that you put it to bed the right way during the fall. If you aren't sure about what you should do, visiting a garden center can help you figure out exactly what you need to do, and you may even be able to hire some help. Alternatively, you can contact a gardening service for more information.