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It’s gotten to the point where we’re no longer woken up by the sunlight bursting through our curtains. Rather, it remains dark, dreary, and even harder to drag ourselves out of bed… Since when did darkness not equal nighttime? But, we still have to do it. And the same rules should apply to taking care of your garden!

 

We know, even the thought of gardening in the frosty weather is enough to make us shudder and whimper. However, by staying on top of the maintenance of your garden all year round, this could save you a lot of time when it starts to brighten up again… After all, the sun is there to be enjoyed, not spent gardening and undoing the damage caused by winter weather.

 

Just taking a few simple, almost effortless precautions could ensure that your garden stays in tip-top shape during winter, and be prepped and ready for when the clocks go forward and the sun comes back out to play…

 

Stay clean…

 

Ensure that every tool you use regularly is given a good clean to remove any dirt and rust – colder weather can cause rust, and make existing rust even worse than it already is.

 

Check your surroundings…

 

Inspect your fences, sheds, gates, or any other garden structures to ensure they don’t show any signs of weakness or rotting. If they do – be sure to get them repaired, painted, and finished before the snow and high winds get to them.

 

Lawn care…

 

Staying off the grass is the best bet for the winter months – the lawn naturally needs a little bit of a breather. The only reason you should be spending time on the grass is to get rid of large weeds, moss and leaves.

 

Outbuildings…

 

Sheds and greenhouses can be a scary place when left unattended over the winter months. Think cobwebs, rusting, frost, and condensation… not ideal! Give both the interior and exterior of any outbuildings a good scrub, along with any garden furniture, bikes, or tools kept inside.

 

The vegetable patch…

 

Cover wintery root vegetables such as carrots or parsnips with leaves or straw so that they can be harvested through the winter. If you’re expecting snow, cover them with a piece of carpet to ensure the produce doesn’t spoil.

 

Plants and bushes…

 

Remove any dead heads or leaves from autumn-flowering plants, or summer-flowering shrubbery before plants begin to succumb to the frost. Brush off any heavy snow from trees and plants to prevent broken branches.

 

Compost…

 

Invest in a compost bin! Having a place to dispose of any leaves and cuttings is essential for the winter months – anything left could become covered in snow, frost or rot and even more difficult to manage.

 

Wildlife…

 

Put fat blocks and other foods out in the garden to help local wildlife survive the winter, and encourage birds, frogs, and hedgehogs to stay in the garden. The favour will be repaid throughout the year when they ensure garden pests stay away!

 

As well as following our precautions, be sure to check out our winter supplies online to keep your garden in tip-top shape and remain that way, ready for you to enjoy your beautiful garden in the upcoming summer months.

 

Happy (winter) gardening!

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