When you think of winter and Canadian weather, what comes to mind? There aren’t many “snow-free” months in a typical Canadian winter, but just because it’s cold outside and the daylight hours are shorter, it doesn’t mean you can’t carry on with your favourite spring and summer ‘outdoor projects.’ With the proper equipment and a willingness to brave the cold, Canadian winter is a surprisingly great time to make use of your ‘green thumb’ and do some winter gardening.
Improve Your Soil During the Winter Season
It may come as a surprise that soil improvement is the perfect project to take on during a cold, Canadian winter. Before the first snowstorm, so much of the ground is completely bare. This can make the pre-snowfall part of any winter season an ideal time to enhance your soil and to ensure it’s in tip-top shape and ready for spring. Connect with a homeowner reviewed lawn maintenance pro who can test your soil and see what it’s lacking in nutrients. Thankfully, there are a number of garden additives that a pro can use to enhance your soil’s overall health. Once the snowstorm hits and snow covers your lawn and garden, the additives will have time to be absorbed. By the time you start hearing the calls of Canadian geese returning home, your winter gardening skills will have created the perfect space for planting, just in time for spring.
How to Build and Protect Your Winter Garden
Since you’ve already hired your landscaping pro for this year’s snow removal services, take advantage of your cleared spaces and start prepping your winter garden. Now that you’ve got a clear view of the land, it’s time to introduce garden landscaping into the yard. Cold frame winter gardening will provide your winter garden with shelter and extend any growth, even during a cold winter’s night. A cold frame is essentially a bottomless box with a clear shield that protects plants from wind, snow, and frost, while still providing access to light. The box is commonly made from wood or brick and the shield can vary from greenhouse plastic to window glass. For this year’s winter garden, build a cold frame or order a ready-made one, and you won’t have to retire your green thumb during the winter season.
How to Spruce Up Your Winter Garden
Curb appeal is important twelve months of the year, not only during the warmer months. You can make garden landscaping a year-long gig, even during a cold, Canadian winter. By connecting with a homeowner reviewed landscaping pro, you can ensure that your winter garden will shine and sparkle throughout the festive season! There are various plants and winter trees that can survive all the elements of a typical Canadian winter. Red twig dogwood, winterberry holly, and evergreen shrubs will not only survive a Canadian snow storm, but they will also add a pop of colour to your winter garden. For the final touch, request a quote from a reviewed handyman who can install your holiday lights!
As the winter season approaches, many people’s excitement for outdoor gardening activities begins to fade. Keep in mind that, when it comes to garden landscaping, you can make it a year-long project by tending to your garden, even during snow-filled months. Not only will your soil be thanking you come springtime, but all the neighbours will be ‘green’ with envy as they admire your colourful, winter garden.