Winter is here: Tips to help your garden survive.

Many people assume that winter will be a nice relaxing period of inactivity and after a hectic summer it is certainly a change of pace. However as we mentioned in our blog last month, your garden doesn’t really stop needing you, even when it’s cold.

While things do slow down, there is still enough going on below the soil to require plenty of tree and garden maintenance during the winter months. Here are a few tips on areas to check as we head into the coldest months of winter.


As mentioned in the previous blog, winter is a time when most of your trees and gardens will need a good layer of mulch. Winter, when many trees have dropped their leaves, is a great time to get in and lay down a protective coat of mulch. Try to place a thick layer during the initial weeks of winter, protecting your plants’ root systems from extreme temperature fluctuations. You should also ensure you have fully watered the area prior to mulching as this will help your garden soil retain more moisture.


Check your garden for drainage problems before the true storms of winter kick in. While Melbourne tends to drizzle constantly, we do get rather significant storms in late winter and early spring. Check that your yard can handle sudden winds or large amounts of water. One of the worst things that can happen to your garden during winter is to become waterlogged. Make sure your soil contains the appropriate drainage, which can be as easy as a couple of vertical holes with a garden fork.

Spring Preparation

If you are an avid gardener, then this is the time to prepare for your winter crops and prepare any spaces you need for the next spring planting season. Some preparations tips include aerating the lawn to let in moisture, planting your winter crop strategically to encourage spring growth and preparing the ground, free from weeds for the next season.

Hazard Distance

One of the most important areas to check in winter is the distance between your buildings and any larger trees. Not only can larger branches cause significant hazards in a storm, deciduous species will clog up your gutters. The fallen leaves and matter can create large blockages and prevent proper draining in your house resulting in water damage. As a bonus, once a professional arborist has conducted a little tree trimming, those unwanted branches can be a great source of firewood.

Little Neighbours

One of the biggest aspects to keep an eye on during winter is the emergence of new pesky neighbours. From rotting tree stumps to wet leaf matter, insects of all kinds love moving in. Termites in particular are a big problem in winter, and by the time summer comes it can be too late.

If you are wondering whether you need to look at your trees this winter, you probably should consult a professional. Contact us at Daryl’s Tree Care and Services today to arrange a free inspection and advice or to undertake a thorough hazardous tree assessment.