Now we have moved into autumn we have had a lot of people asking how they can protect their gardens through the colder period. Our answer? With difficulty, but if you follow our tips you can try and maintain your garden the best you can over winter.
Autumn is a beautiful season, as the leaves turn brown and fall off of the trees they leave a truly picturesque setting. Autumn is also a key season for wildlife, with many animals hibernating through autumn and winter. This means you can transform your garden into a wildlife sanctuary. If you wish to do this, you will need to ensure there is plenty of shelter in your garden for the animals to lay underneath. As you won’t be using your garden over the autumn and winter, it makes sense to allow wildlife to use it instead!
The autumn and winter can be very harsh on your gardens as the weather changes so dramatically. Ice, rain, wind and even snow can damage plants and your grass leaving you with lots of clearing up to do in the springtime. It is important that you now start to pack away any garden furniture so you can use it again next year as leaving it out is likely to cause damage. If you don’t have any storage space in your garden then make sure it is sheltered behind a wall or a building. This won’t protect it fully but it will ensure it has some protection!
So, how can you prevent your garden from turning into a big mess over autumn and winter? Of course, it’s not possible to completely protect it, but there are measures you can take to make sure it is as protected as it can be.
Preparing your garden for winter can simply mean giving it a tidy. We’ve already mentioned tidying away your garden furniture to ensure it’s protected, you should also tidy away any pot plants. These should be covered, or brought inside if possible. Before covering them, ensure you remove all dead leaves and plants. It’s unlikely that these will revive themselves by spring, so unfortunately it’s time to give them the chop!
If you know that snow is coming, then you should make sure you thoroughly water your garden beforehand. This may sound odd, but if the ground freezes then your plants will be starved of the moisture and oxygen they require which means it’s’ important to ensure they are thoroughly watered.
Whilst the weather is being kind make sure you prepare and maintain your garden for the winter period, this should mean when spring comes around you have the perfect garden design once again.