Preparing For Winter
Posted on 10/02/2020
Be prepared for winter in your garden maintenance program, to some this might mean empty the paddling pool or cover and put away the garden furniture but there is much more we can all do to make life easier next year. And get more out of your garden in the winter.
Planting is important in the winter because we use our gardens very differently from the summer. We may use are front gardens in the same way. but the range of plants with seasonal impact is limited. This does not mean boring. Plants I like with winter interest from a window would be the dogwoods like Cornus sanguinea midwinter fire or a hellebore and some bulbs like the snow drops and the early flowering daffodils like February Gold. Trees with decorative bark a silver birch or snakebark maple. In a front garden may be a scented plant. The winter box sarcococca or a winter honeysuckle are good examples. But only include one type as they scents will conflict with each other if too close.
The ways we prune and trim shrubs and hedges takes into account any winter snow fall that may pull them out of shape or break branches off. Making sure the hedge is narrower at the top than the bottom helps prevent the snow building up and this happening.
Mulching Is a good addition to any garden weather its sandy free draining or made of thick sticky clay. Because we have some warmer than average spells in the winter weeds can take hold but covering the soil with a organic weed free mulch can stop this. As well as making sandy soils more water retentive and clay soils a more friable texture. Doing this gives a good backdrop and highlights any interesting plants. Also making garden maintenance easier.
Snow and Ice
If putting salt down be careful to keep away from plants and lawns as it will burn them. While it is best to keep off your garden with snow on it. As you don’t always know what you are going to tread on. It may be advisable to knock off the snow from shrubs and trees to stop them becoming over burdened by the weight and break or become damaged.