Winter Gardening Tips

Winter is an exciting time to be outside. Gardening is commonly known as a seasonal activity. Many believe winter means less time to garden but that isn't the case. Most vegetable gardens can accommodate winter crops. There's always an excuse to garden, even during the winter. You must always be two steps ahead of the game when gardening. Here are 7 ways to get the most out of your lawn.

1. Find Winter Shrubs - Starting your winter garden can easily be started in the fall depending on if there's snow on the ground. It may be hard to plant in a frozen ground. In which case, mark your calendar for next fall. Stopping by your local garden center to purchase colourful winter shrubs like winter honeysuckle and winter jasmine.

2. Don't Give Up - If the lawn is frozen and planting flowers is not an option, you can try to enjoy the beauty of blooms by planting pots. Winter flowers add an extra pop of color to your lawn. Try planting pansies, calendula and snapdragons.

3. Do the Dirty Work - If the weeds are covered under a minor layer of frost, there's always room for some extra care such as trimming shrubs or trees and cut all the dead leaves completely off your property.

4. Feed the Birds - Winter is the perfect time to create that home feeling everyone enjoys. Adding a bird feeder full of bird-friendly choices like suet, peanuts, peanut butter and sunflower seeds. Frigid winged visitors need their own spa among other frozen surfaces. You can purchase a heated bird bath from your local floral boutique. Make sure to clean the birdhouses and bird baths regularly to keep the birds feeling welcomed.

5. Enjoy Vegetables All Season Long - This winter weather isn't ideal for some vegetables like green beans and tomatoes. However, there are a quite a few vegetables that can grow all year long. Turnips, broccoli, brussels sprouts, carrots and lettuce are the ideal vegetables to cook and use for everyday meals.

6. Know Your Zone - Researching what plants will survive in your area is always important. Select ones that are most likely to survive and even better survive all year long. You'll also want to consider how much natural light select plants need. Perennials are great plants for the winter weather.

7. Think Ahead to Next Spring's Garden - If you're stuck in the house, you can at least invision the garden fun you'll have in just a few short months. Take the time to imagine your flawless garden and find ways to delegate the plan. Keep in mind the sun needs of the various plants you might use in the garden. Next, settle in with some catalogs or your laptop and find the seeds you need to create your spring garden oasis.