UK winters have a reputation for being harsh and unforgiving, especially to gardens. Follow these simple steps to ensure your garden can thrive even when temperatures drop.
Wrap up pots to keep shrubs warm
Anything planted in a pot is at risk of cold damage during the winter. Remember to wrap your pots in bubble wrap to protect the shrubs from winter frost. Not only will this step protect the roots, but it will also prevent the pots from cracking as it gets colder outside.
Tidy up your borders
Right before winter is the perfect time to tidy up your borders. Dig up any annuals and plant any wallflowers, pansies, or daisies. Cut back your perennials to about 5 cm above the ground to ensure they survive the cold. You should also spread a thick layer of compost or bark chips once you clean out everything.
Rake up fallen leaves
Rake up any debris and loose leaves from your pathways. Not only will this make your garden look nicer, but it will also prevent your paths from getting slippery during a winter frost. Compost the leaves and use them to cover your borders.
Clean greenhouse windows
If you covered your greenhouse windows with a shade paint, now is the time to remove it. During the winter, it’s essential that light gets inside your greenhouse. Not only will ensure your plants get enough sunlight, but it will also help lower your heating bill.
Cover woodland plants with fleece
Even your sturdiest plants, especially if they’re young, need to be protected during winter. Use fleece or enviromesh to create a protective barrier between your woodland plants and the elements. This simple act prevents root rot by keeping the soil drier.
Don’t forget the wildlife
Animals need a little extra help to survive cold winters. Consider leaving out a feeder and watering bath for the birds. Watch to make sure the water doesn’t freeze. Hedgehogs and other creatures may try to hide in your garden. Make sure there is none hibernating in your garden before you decide to light a garden fire.
Put a net over the pond
While water features are beautiful during the spring and summer, they can become difficult to manage during the winter. To prevent clogged filters or pumps, cover your pond with a special netting material. A meshed net will catch falling leaves, so your pond will stay clean all winter long.
Clean garden tools
Before you put your spade and lawnmower into storage, be sure to clean them. Send your mower in for servicing. Shears and spades should be sharpened before temperatures warm back up. You should also oil any metal tools to prevent rust.
Protect your garden furniture
Wood furniture may rot or crack during the winter. When it gets colder, you should sand down your garden furniture and treat it with a high-quality wood preservative. Covering these pieces will help protect them from rain and ice until spring rolls around.
Remember the taps
Outside taps are very vulnerable during harsh winter. To avoid plumbing problems, you should cover any garden taps with an insulated cover. If possible, stop the tap and then drain it. Forgetting to do this may result in a burst pipe.