As part of our ‘Winter’s on the Way’ blog series, today’s article will be focusing on what we landscapers can do in the garden in the winter. It is general consensus that landscape gardeners don’t have a lot of work during the winter months, but in fact it’s the opposite! The winter is still just as busy as the summer, but for different reasons, and we thought we’d let you know the importance of landscape gardening all year round.
To begin with, lets think about the changes that happen in the garden this time of year. The temperature is dropping, the weather is becoming more harsh and the plants are changing season. Leaves are changing colour and falling onto the lawn, fences and trees are becoming damaged by strong winds and excessive rain is saturating everything. All of this needs attending to, to ensure your garden comes out the other side into summer, in good condition.
Here are a few jobs that are winter necessities:
1. Planning smaller landscaping jobs – late autumn and winter are the best times to plan an early spring patio or retaining wall. During the summer, smaller projects can get overlooked in favour of larger ones such as re-designing the entire space to take advantage of the warm weather. If smaller projects are planned in advance, these can be ready to complete once the cold weather starts to warm up a bit, and can then be enjoyed once the summer arrives.
2. Clear dead leaves – Ensure that the beautifully coloured autumn leaves covering your lawn are raked and either binned or turned into mulch. Excess weight on top of your grass makes your lawn more susceptible to disease and will starve it of what little light there is over the winter months. Gutter clearing also falls under this category, as this can build up before you know it and cause more problems than you need.
3. Fencing – repair damaged fences or replace with new, stronger ones to ensure they survive the harsh weather. Keeping the base clear of any leaves and rubbish will help the ground to remain supportive, and protecting your fence with a preservative will ensure it’s ready for when the summer arrives.
4. Pruning of trees and shrubs – this will allow them more light and will support new growth on the remaining branches, when the time comes.
5. Don’t forget – Always have a bag of grit to hand, for those icy days! There’s nothing more treacherous in a garden than an icy patio!
There are so many other jobs that can be done at this time of year, and at Outdoor Creations we offer a maintenance service all year round to ensure your beautifully landscaped garden remains at it’s very best. We apply mulches and fertilisers, prune, clear dead wood, ground cultivation and much more. Don’t leave these things until it’s too late, now is the best time to do it, honest!