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Winter is a wonderful time of year, but it can be a little tiring after we’ve endured a few months of it. Not to mention winter can be harsh on your garden, leaving it dull, damaged, and in need of some major TLC. You may have to deal with issues such as frost, snow, ice, rust, debris, damaged trees, water pooling, and more. All that can affect the health and appearance of your plants, lawn, and soil. Not to mention your garden furniture, which may remain in need of some serious upkeep, even if covered.

However, maybe you’re not keen on spending too much time or money on post-winter garden care, and you may wonder if there are ways to minimize it. The answer is a resounding yes - there are some tasks you can focus on to reduce the amount of work and resources you need to restore your garden after the winter.

In this post, we will share some tips on how to do that, and what to focus on. Here are some ways to get started.

Choose Hardy & Low-Maintenance Plants

Use plants that don’t force you to spend every waking hour of the day with a watering can, poised at the ready. These plants can often survive and thrive in cold, wet, or dry conditions, and do not require much watering or feeding. Some examples include evergreens, perennials, shrubs, grasses, and succulents, but of course, you will have to plan this regarding the design of your garden. You might even consider an evergreen lawn, which we’ll discuss later. You can also opt for native plants, which are adapted to your local climate and soil, and that can attract beneficial wildlife, allowing you to know when spring is truly here..

Consider That Evergreen Lawn

With Winter Green grass, you may find that you no longer have to relay turf or constantly fix muddy patches in the garden after the cold weather subsides. This is a type of lawn that stays green and lush all year round, regardless of the weather or the season. An evergreen lawn can be made of artificial grass if you’re hoping to remove maintenance entirely, which is a synthetic material that mimics the look and feel of natural grass, but that does not need mowing or watering in any way. It doesn’t look as good, but it can work well for the elderly or less mobile. 

Protection Does Work and It's Worth Doing

Cover your plants with cloths, sheets, or plastic, to shield them from the harsher weather. It does have an impact. You can also mulch your soil with organic materials, such as leaves, straw, or wood chips, to insulate it from the cold and to retain moisture and nutrients - perfect if you hope to retain a veg or flower patch as soon as the warmer weather comes in. Having your trees pruned or fixing up and varnishing your fences can also make a big difference before the cold blast comes. Do all this, and your final garden condition will seem so much better.

With this advice, you’re certain to minimize post-winter garden care effectively.

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