Gardens require a lot of maintenance, and this is needed all year round. However, during some seasons, your garden will require different lengths of care due to weather conditions. As we are into the winter months now, this can actually be quite harsh on our gardens and really take its toll, so it’s important that you are looking after it properly and know what measures to take in order to keep it as healthy as possible. Some of our plants and garden features aren’t made to cope with the freezing conditions and poor weather and in fact, some don’t survive.
To help you take care of your garden this winter, we thought we’d give you a few tips and pieces of advice about how to keep up maintenance in the correct way…
This is important all year round, but a lot of the time people will slack during winter, as it isn’t necessarily ‘gardening weather’. However, it is necessary to stay on top of things and ensure that your grass is kept trimmed down and healthy throughout the winter months. During these colder months, we are prone to getting frost and ice, and if you do not keep your grass trimmed down, this can cause the grass to weaken and become damaged.
As we briefly mentioned, the harsh winter weather can really take its toll on plants. In fact, frost can actually be very harmful as it can cause plant cells to freeze up and the cell walls to rupture. As a result, this can spread damage into the roots and stems which will eventually kill the plant. If this happens, the plant will generally show signs of being unhealthy, and perhaps grow in the wrong way and curl up.
You should take good care of your plants to try and minimise this happening, however, it is impossible to prevent. If any of your plants die over winter, we would advise disposing of these as soon as you notice they are unhealthy or dying, as this can be harmful to your garden. Remove all dead foliage so that this will prevent any disease spreading to other plants in the garden, and also keep your garden looking a little more presentable.
Winter generally sees less activity in the garden than other seasons, but this doesn’t mean you can’t stay on top of things and get it in the best condition for coming months. Spring tends to be a much better time for your garden and plants, so getting things ready for then is key in keeping it productive.
One thing we would advise that you prepare for spring, is soil. During spring, soil can dry out a bit, which can often make it difficult to work with if you haven’t done so in a while. Therefore, in winter, we recommend getting the soil ready with nutrients so that this can start to be broken down and it will be ready and healthy in time for spring and a lot easier to work with.
Another good way to take care of your garden during winter, is mulching. This is essentially putting a protective layer over your soil in order to keep it safe from the harsh weather and minimise the impact this has. It keeps off cold and frost and maintains temperature.
If you would like to know more about the different ways you can look after your garden in winter, simply get in touch with us via our contact page and we will be more than happy to give you some advice.