Once the winter season is upon us it may be too late to protect your garden design, which is why we advise preparing it as soon as possible.
The Met Office has reported that it expects to see snow as early as October this year in some parts, whilst this might not affect us in the South East just yet, it is a sign for things to come. Temperatures across the country are set to be well below the monthly average through October, November and December in all parts, with the UK set to be colder than most of Europe! You can offer your garden as much protection as possible by following our top garden design tips.
An essential winter gardening job is ‘digging’ and ‘preparing’ your garden for what lies ahead. In colder temperatures, your garden soil may become frozen or waterlogged. You can avoid this by ‘forking’ the soil on a regular basis. This can be done through using a spade, pitch fork or any other garden appliance you have handy. Digging and forking the soil allows you to loosen it, helping with its moisture and improving the soil structure. As well as this, you can remove weeds which may have started to grow and add new soil or manure to help your plants through the cold temperatures.
In preparation for winter, you should prune your shrubs and plants. This involves removing dead or diseased buds which can prevent damage to the overall plant. You can also remove any branches which may rub and ruin the plant. This will give your plants the best possible chance of surviving the winter. If you have enjoyed a particular plant over the summer then it may be worth cutting off a sample of the plant to replant again the next Spring.
If you enjoy seeing wildlife come into your garden, then you may want to ensure you put some food out for the birds to help them to survive the winter. Birds need a range of food which can be distributed in a number of ways. Water is important for birds, particularly during the cold weather as ponds can freeze making it difficult to find water. You could also provide bird houses for birds to keep warm and hibernate in.
The winter can be a disastrous time for your garden, but with the right TLC you can help your garden design make it through until spring!