Getting your garden ready for winter

So, the nights are drawing in, it’s pretty dark when you get the kids up for school and the temperature has definitely dropped a few degrees! We all know how to get our homes feeling cosy and warm, whether it’s bringing down all the extra throws and blankets from the loft, buying some new rugs or investing in a new kettle for all the hot drinks we’re going to enjoy!

But what about your garden? If you’ve enjoyed your garden throughout the summer, and you’ve enjoyed the beautiful sights and scents of the beautiful flowers you’ve invested in from your local nursery, the lush greenery of your Emerald Green Arborvitae from The Tree Center and everything else – how can you ensure that they’ll be around again in the springtime? The last thing we want is for anything to be destroyed by the frost!

Getting your garden ready for winter

But don’t worry – here you’ll find a few hints and tips to help get your garden ready for the cold winter months.

Protect your trees

Put plastic or wire mesh tree guards around the slender trunks of any new trees and shrubs to protect them from gnawers such as rabbits and mice, and make sure the tree guards go high enough, over the snow line. Continue to water trees, especially evergreens, until the ground freezes!

Use all the fallen leaves!

Consider shredding fall leaves and using them as a winter mulch on flower beds. You can also add shredded leaves to the compost pile. In a season or so, they’ll make the best treat your garden soil can have. 

Cut the lawn

After you are finished, why not get your mower serviced and its blade sharpened now so it will be ready for spring?

Weeding

Do one last weeding and discard any weeds that have seeds on them in the garbage instead of the compost. You don’t want those pesky seeds sprouting in your garden later.

Paths and paving

Clear up all the leaves and debris once the trees are bare (it’s much easier while everything is still crisp and dry). It’s also worth giving your paving a thorough clean with a stiff 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.

Garden Sheds

If you’re lucky enough to have a summer house in your garden or a wooden playhouse for the children to enjoy in the summer, then now is the time to make sure that there are no rotten or damaged slats or timber frames. The same goes for your garden fences – make sure you keep on top of all the maintenance.

Your pond

Try to prevent your pond or water feature clogging up with leaves by temporarily covering in a net during autumn. If there are fish in your pond, then try to be vigilant during frosts to ensure that the water’s surface doesn’t completely freeze over!

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Photo Credit: Neslihan Gunaydin Annie Spratt

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