Cold weather is upon us. Not to worry, with some hints and tips on how to prepare your garden for the plummeting temperatures, we’ve got you covered!
The problem our gardens face with the colder weather is that most of us tend to our lawns with one final mow around October/November time, and then leave them to fend for themselves through the bitter temperatures. However, if you spend a little extra time preparing for the colder months, you will reap the benefits come Spring, when your lawn is looking its best.
Follow our tips to ensure that your garden is prepared and ready to endure the colder coming months.
- Clear your paths and paving before the frost
Autumn is almost here, and the trees will soon be bare, meaning that your paths will need clearing. It’s best to do this whilst everything is still crisp and easy to sweep – it is also the best time to give your paving a clean with a stiff brush and soapy water. Removing the leaves and cleaning your paving before the frost arrives will ensure that everything is much safer with less risk of slipping during the wet and wintery months.
- Choose your trees and shrubs wisely for a winter wonderful garden
To add some striking colours to your garden even in the winter months, choose trees and shrubs with intensely coloured bark such as the Chalk-White Paper Birch, The Burgundy Tibetan Cheer and Stripes Snakebark Maples. These are at their best at this time of year and will bring your garden to life even when all of the leaves have fallen, and your lawn is looking like it’s seen better days.
- Protect your pond and water features from clogging
To prevent your ponds or water features from clogging up with fallen leaves, try temporarily covering the pond/feature with a net. While many creatures go into hibernation in the Autumn, now is the perfect time to give your pond a clean if it’s beginning to look murky. If there are fish in your pond, try to ensure that your pond doesn’t completely freeze over during the frosty months – we recommend floating something, even if it’s just a ball, on the water’s surface to prevent this from happening.
- Lawn preparation is vital
To allow your lawn to breathe and grow more freely, go over the entire surface with a scarifying or springtine rake to remove any thatch or moss. To give your lawn the best possible chance of surviving the colder months, combine this with specially produced autumn lawn feed and moss killer products.
- Watch out for the snow!
The snow can be devastating for your trees and plants if it has fallen heavily and for a prolonged period. The most effective method of protecting your garden from the white stuff is to simply knock off the snow resting on the leaves and branches while it’s still soft and fresh. This prevents severe damage and improves chances of survival for your trees and plants when the snow starts to fall.
- Outdoor lighting can add character to your winter garden
Outdoor lighting is key to cheering up your garden in the winter. Spotlights are the most versatile outdoor lights for this; they can focus attention on sculptural elements, trees and topiary to add character. They can be positioned at different angles and can add another dimension to avoid your garden looking worn out.
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