With winter, rapidly approaching, it’s time to put our beloved gardens to bed and prepare them for the colder months ahead. With the possibility of rain and snow, it’s important to prepare your garden during the autumn to prevent any setbacks with certain jobs that need a drier day to carry out. You may feel like the garden has come to a standstill since the summer ended, however there are always areas of the garden changing without you realising. New trees and shrubs will be forming deep beneath the soil and other plants will begin to decompose. Here are a few tips for preparing your garden for the winter, and making it easier for when spring arrives.
Preparing your Plants
Perennials – Cut back any stems of perennials to the soils level, this will neaten your garden and prevent any pest eggs from growing on them. Remove any weeds, foliage and dead plants too, as these could prevent new ones from growing in the spring.
Bulbs – Mulch the bulb beds with evergreen, this will protect the soil from cracking throughout winter.
Trees – Wrap the stems or trunks of the trees with wire to protect them from any unwanted insects eating away at the bark.
It may seem like an obvious task, but making sure your garden is tidy and clean is important. The benefits to giving your garden a good tidy up in winter time is that most the leaves will have fallen, plants will have begun to decompose and your grass will not be growing as fast. Sweeping up all the excess leaves that have gathered around your garden will prevent any unwanted animals from nesting there through the colder months. Cutting your lawn to ensure it is a short length and won’t become overgrown and messy through winter is also key, as you can make it a much easier task when spring comes if the grass is prepared in autumn.
Decking and Fencing
If your garden has any decking, then it’s important to make sure this has been cleaned properly before winter comes. Decking is a useful, durable feature that adds both character and practicality to your garden. You often find that rain and damp can cause your decking to gather moss and other dirty elements. This can then cause your decking to become slippery and dangerous, especially when it’s been raining. Cleaning your decking properly before winter will ensure no moss has gathered, preventing the decking from becoming slippery or unsafe. You can also prevent any damage by cleaning your decking as well as preserving the colour too. Moss and damp can result in colour loss in your decking as well as cracks in the materials, however making sure it is clean before you experience any cold weather will ensure your decking is good to use when the warmer month’s return.
Your Homes Exterior
When it comes to preparing your garden for winter, you also need to take the exterior of your home into consideration. The exterior of your home may not seem like an obvious area to focus on, however it can be more of an issue throughout winter than anywhere else in your home. First things first, check your windows, doors and walls for any cracks. If you have cracks in any of these areas then you may find that you could experience a draft through your home when the colder weather sets in. This is not ideal as it could result in you spending lots on heating bills when the solution was simple to begin with. You then need to check your drains and gutters. You often find that autumn is the worst time for drain blockages due to the large amount of fallen leaves. Clear your gutters or drains of any excess leaves or dirt and this will ensure you don’t have any blockages when the rain sets in. You should also check your gutters and drains for any cracks, as once the heavy rain begins you may find it breaks the area that has cracked and this could cause you come issues in the future.
If you have any outdoor furniture of accessories, then theses will need to come inside for the winter. Investing in some storage or placing your items into the garage will ensure they’re in good condition for the warmer months and you won’t have to worry about mould or rust. For items that cannot be moved inside, you may want to cover them in plastic sheets or covers to prevent any weather damage. You never know just what the weather may do and it’s best to keep things protected to ensure you don’t find them broken or rusty from the wet.