Winter in Georgia doesn’t sound too scary, does it? It’s not often that the state sees snow and ice. Temperatures don’t even dip below freezing except for a few times each year. Still, you want to be prepared for anything, don’t you? This could be the year we see inches of snow!
Here’s how you can prep your Georgia land so your crops and animals survive the coming winter.
Leave the Leaves
The falling leaves of autumn aren’t just pretty to look at; they can serve a purpose, too. The leaves that lie on the ground throughout the winter provide a natural warmth for the soil below, as well as mulch that enriches the soil for spring. A blanket of leaves also helps retain moisture. Even pine needles from evergreens can provide a barrier that protects the dirt below.
Remember that harsh winter weather can work against the moisture in trees and soil. When you have warm days, head outside and give the ground a bit of water to carry you through to the spring.
Clear Finished Plants
While the leaves on the ground are a good thing, other finished plants hanging around can bring bad news. Rotting, old plants from your garden will attract disease and bugs that can spread throughout your soil to jeopardize next season’s growth.
Remove Invasive Weeds
Summer sun and rain encourage lots of growth, and not just for your garden. You’ll also find you have several weeds that have begun to take over. Now is the time to clear them so that you can start fresh during the spring when you begin planting again. Keep in mind that weeds are hardy things. They might just survive weather that your crops can’t, which means you can’t count on freezing temperatures to take care of the problem for you.
Spread Your Summer Compost
You may be tempted to toss out what’s left of your summer compost, but now is the time to use it. Spread this rich material over your garden beds and lawn to nourish the soil. You’ll already have a jump start on your spring growing. The leaves that you do gather can be a great base to start your winter compost batch.
Insulate Animal Pens
Many animals already have what it takes to survive the coldest winter months, but that doesn’t mean you can’t give them a little help. Some insulation inside your barn and the chicken coops can go a long way toward keeping your animals toasty. Just be sure you don’t create an airtight situation, as that can encourage humidity and, in the case of your chickens, result in a build-up of harmful ammonia.
Your Georgia land will be ready for spring with these easy tips. And if you don’t have your land yet, what are you waiting for? We have Georgia land for sale, and all you need to move the whole family in is a $295 down payment. Come see the gorgeous lots available soon.