If you're like most people, winter is a time to let your garden hibernate (although the especially hardy among us don't let a NW winter stop them from exercising their green thumb). Planting won't take place until spring, so it's easy to put your lawn out of mind while you focus on other household chores, like watching football. But there are a lot of things you can do around the garden during the off months to make sure you get the most out of the planting season once it arrives.
Make sure you've finished your fall chores
It's not too unusual for someone to do their raking and garden turn down when the leaf fall is at its high point, a little more than half way through autumn. That means there are still a great number of leaves lingering on the trees that don't get swept up. When these stragglers do finally fall, we've already holed up for the winter, meaning there's probably a fair amount of detritus that's clogging up the corners of the yard all winter. There's almost always a couple of nice weekend days in February when you can get outside to get that work done, and having your yard completely cleaned up now will mean less work when spring arrives.
Clean out your shed
Even the most religious gardeners have a hard time keeping the shed (or garage, or basement) tidy during the busy days of summer. You want to spend the bulk of your time in the garden doing all the fun stuff, and that means the mess in your storage room can get out of control. If you didn't take the time to clean up at the end of the harvest period, winter is a good time to reorganize, repair, and itemize your tool shed. You might even want to create a wish list of purchases you need to make before spring arrives.
Daydream about this year's garden
You may not be able to grow anything at the moment, but now is a great time to start planning your 2016 garden. Here's a guide on how to pick out your vegetables that will help you start diagramming what will go where. But you don't have to stop there. Why not order your seeds so you'll be ready to plant when the warm weather hits. There are plenty of options for ordering your garden seeds online, including here.
Start prepping your compost pile
It's easy to let your compost go to rot (pun very much intended) during the cold winter months. With spring just a couple months away, you should start thinking about turning it over to make sure it's nice and decomposed when you start the planting.
Paint your tool shed
Whether it's your garage, a dedicated storage unit, or your basement, I have a feeling that your work area could probably use a makeover. Now's a great time to think about a renovation, and nothing makes a room look brand new like a fresh coat of paint.
But whatever your painting needs might be this winter, Pro Paint NW's professional team has the expertise necessary to get the job done right. Get in touch with us today.