As the temperature starts to drop, our gardens soon begin to lose their summer colours. This, however, does not mean that maintaining your garden should be put on the backburner.
As the nights draw in, gardeners all over the country will be heading out to prepare their garden for the winter. But what exactly should you be doing to make sure your winter gardening goes well?
Getting your Garden Plants Ready for the Frost
One of the first tasks of winter gardening is clearing away last season’s debris. Though your annual plants have brought some stunning colour to your garden all year, they are unlikely to make it far into winter. Attempting to maintain them into November is a big struggle, so it may be worth adding them to your compost bin.
It may be hard to say goodbye to your poppies and sweet peas, but it doesn’t mean saying goodbye to colour for good. October is a good time to plant snowdrops or pansies. These plants will bring a touch of colour to your days of winter gardening.
Whilst you’re at it, remember to trim your perennial plants. Whilst you want these plants to survive the winter, you don’t want them running wild now that they have little competition. Weeds will also be looking to take advantage of the season, so give your garden a good weed before the soil gets too hard.
Though some plants are dying off, your evergreens should be looking as good as ever. That is unless they need a bit of a prune. Now is the best time to plant and prune your evergreen plants, before the colder, frosty days make the task harder.
Your grass too will still be green, but your lawn will definitely benefit from some fertiliser to keep it healthy. Less sun will mean less growth. Whilst that saves on mowing, you don’t want your grass dying off.
Finally, on the topic of plants, give your beds some extra protection with compost and fertiliser. A couple of inches of compost on top of the soil will keep the frost, and any peckish animals, off your plants.
Keeping Fencing and Furniture Fit
When you prepare your garden for winter, there’s more to think about than your plants. The wet, cold nights and freezing temperatures will take a toll on other things, too. So, remember to check your shed, fences, and decking. With many plants out the way, now is a great time to repair any damage without disturbing beds. A layer of preservative, stain or paint on your woodwork will help to stop rot and water damage.
Also, don’t neglect your garden furniture. Move it inside if you can, or at the very least cover it over with a protective waterproof cover. The constant damp, freezing, and thawing of winter will take its toll. Rot will also set in faster if you haven’t given your furniture a clean.
Use Winter Gardening to Rethink Your Garden Design
Prepare your garden for winter well, and you’ll see the results throughout the entire year. Though there’s plenty of work to do to prepare the garden for winter, the colder months may see you less busy in your flower beds. With more time on your hands, you might be thinking about giving your garden a redesign. Quality Outdoor Rooms provide garden design in East London, and could help you transform your outdoor spaces ready for spring.
If you’d like to wow garden guests next spring, contact the garden design experts at Quality Outdoor Rooms today.