How to look after your garden in winter

Lawns

Just because your perennials have gone into hibernation to protect themselves from the cold snap of  winter, that doesn’t mean that your lawn should be left to fend for itself too.

Here are a couple of hints and tips to ensure your grassed garden lasts the winter blues and comes up growing luscious and deep green in the spring:

Tend to the lawn

Although it tends to rain more often during the autumn and winter months, you should still take the time to give your lawn a once-over with the hose if there is a particularly unusual spell of severe drought. Anything can happen with the weather these days!

Look after your plants

As with your lawn, your growing plants may need watering. Make sure you aim your water towards the stem or base of the plant in the colder months – if you water the head or leaves and the temperatures drop then they could freeze and suffocate your plants. If you have a lot of plants to water, consult stockists such as Easy Watering to find a wide range of hose connectors to connect your hosepipe to your sprinkler or hose gun. Plus, if you don’t fancy braving the elements, you may even consider investing in an automatic watering system instead!

Prepare for the snow

Because the frost will claim most of the free-flowing water in your garden (including the remaining droplets in your soil), it’s important to hydrate your garden as much as possible before the cold snap hits.

To keep your plants warm on even the frostiest mornings, cover your bed with a layer of mulch, so that the soil is not exposed and your plants and flowers are given a fresh layer of nutrients to see them through ‘til the spring. Mulch is ideal for protecting plants with shallow roots, as they are usually more susceptible to fluctuating winter temperatures.

And finally, if you have any trees in your garden, make sure you shake the snow from their branches as much as possible; this will prevent them from buckling under the extra weight.

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