With the colder weather right around the corner, those memories of hazy summer evenings spent outside in your garden enjoying barbecues and cocktails are becoming just that, memories. But as you prepare for winter, what you can you do to protect your garden before the frosts hit?
In this blog we take a look at getting your garden winter ready for another long hot summer of fun, parties and friends.
Over the autumn your garden is going to start shedding. Leaves will drop into piles on the ground, plants will die off and everything just seems to find itself in a big brown mess. Before you do anything else, get out that rake and give your outside space a thorough tidying up. Remove all the dead plants and leaves and pull out anything that has died off.
These dead plants can often harbor fungus and diseases so it’s essential to clear them away before Spring arrives.
The cool damp soil of Autumn is a great time to dig in some nutrients such as kelp, bone meal and so on. Doing it ahead of time gives it plenty of time to break down in the soil and be ready for when growing season comes around again.
If you’re not sure what you should be using for your soil type, ask at your local gardening centre.
You want your outside space looking epic for next Summer, so what are you going to change? Now is the time to talk to residential or commercial landscaping companies about your needs for next year and book their time in before they become too busy.
Don’t Forget Mulch
This is just as important in the Winter as it is in the Spring or Summer. A thick covering will help protect the roots and stalks of plants lying dormant until Spring and help to keep the soil at a nice, even temperature as the colder winter hits.
Clean Up Garden Tools and Furniture
It’s probably time to put away or at least cover your luxury chaise longue, chair and table but first make sure you pack them away dirt and damp free to ensure they don’t get away by damp or rust over the Winter.
The same is true for your garden tools. Clean up and sharpen anything that has become dulled over the Summer, ready for all the digging and planting you’re going to be doing in just a few months from now.
Having a garden is high maintenance and it’s true that while you may not have had much of an interest in it when you were younger, you can now see the benefits of having an outside space that adds to your socialising. A beautifully planted, clean and tidy lawn and beds, comfy chairs and a table is all you need for a Summer of fun, so put the work in now and get your garden ready for a warm Spring and hot Summer.