As the colder weather begins, it’s time to start preparing your garden for the winter months. Here are our top 5 tips.
1. TIDY PATHS AND PAVING
Clear up all the leaves and debris as they begin to fall from the trees. It’s much easier to do this while everything is still crisp and dry. Thoroughly clean any paving with brush and some soapy water before the frost arrives so it will be less slippery and safer during the wet winter months. Alternatively, if you have one, just give it a blast with a pressure washer.
2. CHECK AND REPAIR GARDEN STRUCTURES
Winter preparations is a good tome to carry out any maintenance work that may be required on your greenhouse, trellises, pergolas and fencing. Keep an eye out for any decaying timber or pest infestations which you can either replace or treat it.
3. TIDY PONDS AND WATER FEATURES
To protect your pond or water feature from falling leaves, temporarily cover it with a net during autumn. If your pond is beginning to look murky, this is a great time to give it a good clean and provide some much needed maintenance to see it through the winter. If there are fish in your pond, try to prevent your pond from freezing over completely by doing something as simple as a leaving a ball on the water’s surface.
4. CONSIDER THE WILDLIFE THAT USES YOUR GARDEN
During the winter months, particularly if it’s a harsh one with lots of snowfall, birds can struggle to find food. Leave out feeders and water baths (break the ice on ponds and water features if temperatures get down to freezing, so they can get a drink).
5. CONSIDER THE WILDLIFE THAT USES YOUR GARDEN
Hot dry weather and paddling pools throughout the summer can leave our grassy areas needing some serious maintenance. By fertilising your lawn, you are providing it with the nutrients that will restore its health and encourage growth, meaning that by the time next summer rolls around, your lawn will be back to full health.