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5 Ways to Prepare Your Garden for Winter

As the ever-changing seasons are a huge factor in the upkeep of your garden and the materials used in your garden when it comes to winter, it is important to prepare your garden for the winter season!

  1. Clean Your Tools

Having and using garden tools means they can wear away but if you keep them in peak condition they will continue to be a pleasure to use and will remain sharp and efficient for many years. This means that keeping your tools in the best shape by cleaning and sharpening them, will prolong their lifespan without getting rusty and break.

Making sure that you store your tools away in a garage or shed is the best option to ensure that they’re safe during the winter seasons. When your tools are stored away safely, this makes sure that they don’t become rusty and avoids any damages. 

It is also important to clean any tools which you’re going to use in the winter months, making sure your items are clean ensures the longevity of the supplies.

Garden Tools

  1. Rake Up Leaves and Protect Plants

When it comes to the Winter months, all those leaves have fallen from the previous Autumn months, so raking up all the leaves is important to make sure that there aren’t any slippery or unsafe pathways.

Once you have raked up and collated all the leaves, you don’t need to throw them away. As leaves make one of the best composts for your garden, you can now use these leaf matters and they can be composted and used on the borders of your garden.

If you have any tender plants, flowers or other species outside, move the pots plants, into a conservatory or greenhouse for winter protection.

 Zeus Greenhouse

  1. Store Garden Furniture

Keeping your outdoor furniture in a shed or garage will help to protect your furniture from the elements of the weather, especially the cold and rain, which could contribute to deterioration if your furniture is kept outside.

Cleaning and drying your furniture before putting it inside or attaching the cover will make sure no damage happens. Make sure that you don’t leave your furniture on grass as it can create moisture, which can lead to further damage to your garden furniture.

If you have wooden furniture, you could also clean and protect the wood with protective wood oil, ensuring it stays clean and prevents the materials from getting worse in quality.

Garden Furniture for Garden Winter Preparation

  1. Maintain Garden Borders

In the autumn months, in preparation for winter, you can put some work into your borders and flower beds to make sure that they are maintained. 

To ensure a vibrant display next spring, dig up annual plants which have either died or aren’t as fresh as they once were and plant your plants and flowers to brighten up your garden.

Once you have maintained and tidied up the borders of your garden, you can then add compost, including raked up leaves, to the edges of your garden.

Garden Borders

  1. Tidy Your Pond

If your pond is surrounded by trees, decomposing leaves can turn your pond water foul and block filters on pumps. To prevent this and to save time and effort later, you can catch falling leaves before they hit your pond.

As the seasons get towards the winter, having a net acts as a protective barrier against predators for which fish are an easy target since the lack of vegetation makes your pond more exposed, which nobody wants!

Tidying Your Garden Pond

If you have any plants around your garden, at the beginning of the autumn the plants start to die, so you should prune dead stems and leaves to prevent decay in the water during the wintertime and once the weather becomes colder.

Garden Pond

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