Winter is now looming, and this can be quite a challenging time when it comes to the upkeep and maintenance of your garden. The colder months make it significantly more difficult to keep your garden in a good, healthy and presentable condition, and so it’s important to know what precautions to take and the best things you can do to look after your garden in the build up to winter and throughout it.
Gardens tend to face a lot of neglect during winter, and all that this does is create a lot more work for you come spring time when you want to get it back to normal and looking and feeling fantastic. Although garden activity is much slower in winter and things are more difficult, you should still ensure that you are taking care of it so that it remains in good condition and still looks great once we get through to the other side of winter.
So, we thought we would give you a few tips on how you can look after your garden over the coming months…
Through spring and summer, we get a lot of weeds growing in our garden, but as it approaches winter, if you don’t do anything about this and get them removed, it can have a negative impact on your garden. Weeds often make your garden look quite scruffy and not the most presentable, but if you want to take pride in your garden all year round, you need to dig them up and get rid of them so that they are not cluttering up the area. Leaving weeds to grow all over your garden over winter can be disruptive to the progress and maintenance come spring.
During winter when temperatures drop to freezing, this can take quite a hit on your garden, damaging the health of your plants and soil. One solution to help this and reduce the impact, is to mulch your garden. This essentially means providing a protective layer so as to keep plants, vegetation and soil more protected from the freezing temperatures. You can mulch by letting a layer of leaves sit over your garden, as this naturally protects your garden against frost and cold. Although it may not look the tidiest, letting fallen leaves rot and act as a protective blanket for your garden is a great way to look after the condition of it and allow healthy growth to continue with more ease.
A part of winter often involves snowfall. A little bit of snow sat over your garden is good, as it keeps things at a consistent, steady temperature. However, heavy snowfall can be damaging and requires your interference to keep your garden protected. For example, if the snow is heavy and all gathering on top of plants and trees in your garden, this can be seriously damaging to them. If you notice excessive amounts of snow gathered, you should try to clear this so that it is not weighing plants or branches down and hindering growth by preventing sunlight.
During winter, you shouldn’t prune your garden too much as this can really damage growth and prevent new plants from being able to grow. However, you should still keep a close eye on everything in your garden, and prune bushes, trees or flowers that appear to be unhealthy or damaged if you feel this is necessary.
These are just a few ways you can look after your garden this winter. If you would like to know more or want some more tips and advice, simply get in touch with us via our contact page and we will be more than happy to help.