The winter is a tough time for your plants. It’s hard to know the best way to keep them alive during the extreme temperatures and varying weather in Dallas, Texas. Don’t worry! CGreens Landscape Management knows how to take care of your plants this winter, and we’re here to share that information with you!
Prepare for Spring
Even if your winter plans don’t involve trying desperately to keep plants alive, this time can be used to prepare the soil for spring growth. You can cultivate cover crops that will keep you active in gardening throughout the winter and improve the soil for the spring. Composting also provides fuel to the soil as it continues to decompose, giving you a headstart for the spring. Be sure to turn the compost regularly and make sure it has new organic material periodically. This provides optimal nutrients once it settles.
Planting in the Cold
The best way to grow plants in the winter if you want to maintain a nice garden is to use greenhouses, cloches, or cold frames. It is also best to start with bulbs to jumpstart the process. Things like daffodils, daylilies, and tulips are great options! Planting these at the end of fall or early winter will allow them to bloom by the end of winter.
Colors in the Winter
If you want to have a little more color during the gloomy months, try growing plants in containers or raised beds. This way, you can control the temperature, the watering, and the quality of the soil. Better soil allows better growth during the harsh winter. This will give you something to do, and when the spring comes, you can transfer them to your landscaping!
There are some crops you can grow during the winter that will survive with little damage. Specifically, quick maturing vegetables such as turnips are a great option to start with. They might not yield the best turnips you’ve ever seen, but it’s a nice activity to keep your gardening up in the cold months.
As you can see, there are a handful of options you can try in your garden during the winter. You don’t have to let all of your plants or crops die. You don’t have to sit inside all day either! There are so many ways to garden in the winter, whether you’re looking for some growth or just wanting your landscaping to be prepared for the warmer months coming. If you need any more help or ideas, feel free to check out CGreens Landscape Management’s other blogs and/or give us a call! We’d love to get your yards and gardens winter-ready!