Do not leave your garden preparations until spring, instead follow these seven gardening tips for some winter gardening.

In the cold chills of Winter, it is a common mis-conception to leave the garden preparation until Spring. While the lush vibrancy is now gone, there are plenty of chors that can be done until the weather picks up again in late August. Avoid an over-whelming flurry of garden duties by getting ahead early.

Gardening Tip #1: Garden Pests.

Garden pests that hibernate under rocks and brick stocks should be removed or disposed of.

Gardening Tip #2: Soil and Mulch…Mulch…More

Flower beds can be cleaned out and the soil turned over. A light mulch will help keep water from evaporating in the regions that recieve no rain during Winter. Mulch will also assist with suppressing weeds in regions with more temperate climate.

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Gardening Tip #3: Make your own compost.

Now is a good time to allocate or construct a compost heap. Old pallets, larger tree limbs,  or railway sleepers are perfect for creating a designated area to dump leaf litter, occassional grass clippings and rotten twigs can be safey stored and allowed to mulch down for the new season.

Gardening Tip #4: Replant and transplant!

Winter is  perfect  to move deciduous plants (plants that drop their leaves). Dig a generous rootball on a still day to avoid the roots drying out. The new spot should be twice the size. Add some compost and bonemeal and give the plant a good watering to settle the plant in.

Gardening Tip #5: Inspect wooden structures.

Trellis, fences, pergolas and other wooden structures should be inspected for damage or structural failure. Rotten beams should be replaced, and  if possible, a good sanding and oiling of the whole feature will preserve it for much longer.

Gardening Tip #7: General garden maintanance.

Finally clear the driveway, drains, gulleys and creepy crawlys off all leaf litter. Also remove any  mulch or decomposeing material or other foreign matter from drains, gulleys, the creepy crawly and the driveway. Blocked water ways can lead to water build up, which could lead to damp or mould. Water damage by damp or mould is is an expensive repair work if not proper maintenance is carried out in a timely fashion. Weeds can be sprayed with a non-selective weed killer on pathways and patios.

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