Gardens… you spend all your time preparing them to look nice for the good weather, the rest of the time they’re unused and stared gloomily at from the warmth of the house.
Winter may not exactly be garden time, but you must look after and prepare for the colder months, to get the full benefits once the sun shines again.
Here at J Lowther & Sons, we’ve come up with 5 ways to prepare your garden for winter, which can be found below.
Don’t leave your furniture open to the elements
In summer, there’s nothing better than sitting outside and admiring the hard work you’ve done to create your very own piece of tranquillity. However, as winter comes, don’t forget to fully prepare your furniture so it can survive the rough winters.
Wood is one of the biggest culprits. If it is to face a whole season out in sub-zero temperatures, then the chances are it won’t be in the best state come summer.
Make sure it is cleaned, sanded down and treated at the end of the warmer months, and if possible, try and make sure it is stored inside in the garage, or under a waterproof covering.
Don’t leave anything behind
As leaves turn brown and start to drop off the trees, make it your number one priority to clear these up as soon as possible.
Not only can it become unmanageable if not kept on top of, but they can also be a real hazard to yourself and others, with slip, trips and falls just some of the accidents reported thanks to debris.
There’s no need to throw them all away though, the matter can be composted, saving you money in the long run and supplying plenty of soil to use for your borders.
Avoid the risk of wind rock
A bane for many, but wind rock can be extremely damaging to your chances of a beautiful and well-looked after garden in Spring and Summer.
Wind rock is when high winds (most prevalent in Winter) manage to loosen the plant roots and in many cases result in the death of the plant.
There are ways to combat this, however. If you have recently planted shrubs or plants, then these should be cut back as far as possible. Long stems should also be cut back.
Roses should have their stems cut back by a third, as well as removing any damaged stems as the year goes on.
Stop the rot
As the garden becomes awash with plants and flowers in summer and autumn, it’s also worth noting that a lot of these can be subject to rot and ‘death’.
As soon as you can, try and clear up anything that may be past its best, ensuring not only a neater appearance but also eliminating the risk of disease, pests and funguses.
You can do all the preparation you want, but if your garden is riddled with disease, then you’re up against the clock.
Look after the wildlife
Many assume that less wildlife appears in the garden at this time of year because of the cold snap. And while hibernation can be part of the reason, sometimes it can be as simple as having no food and water available.
Ensure feeders are stocked up, and birdbaths are regularly topped up and cleaned and you’ll notice the visitor numbers increase in no time.