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Preserving your Garden in Winter

Preserving your Garden in Winter

Winter brings with it its own set of challenges for those who dare step outside. From icy winds which dry your skin to torrential downpours and thick blankets of snow which chill you to the bone, it can be tough to manage when you’re outside in during those winter months.

So, imagine how tough it is your garden – which gets no respite from the brutal winter weather.

Whilst plants and outbuildings might be a little better suited to the weather than you and your winter garb, they still need care and attention to survive and thrive during the winter months.

At Bespoke, we specialise in bespoke design and build processes for homes across the country, but we know that a beautiful home is nothing without a garden to match. So, with winter just around the corner, how do you preserve your garden? Here are our top tips:

 

Check your Outbuildings

Wicked winds, torrential rain and driving snow play havoc on any structure, let alone garden sheds and temporary glass houses. As such, it pays to give your outbuildings a good checking over before winter rolls into town.

Garden sheds, in particular, are liable to rot if the wood isn’t properly sealed and the roof lining isn’t in top condition, so spend a Sunday examining those buildings, you’ll be glad you did it when you’re not counting the cost of replacement power tools.

 

Wrap your Plants

Just as you wrap up in winter, so should your plants. As adorable as plant-shaped peacoats may sound though, it’s the base which requires the most attention.

If you have potted plants outside, ensure that you wrap the pots in bubble wrap or hessian as this will insulate them against the cold weather and help prevent against frost destroying the roots of your plants.

When the weather picks up, simply remove this protective layer and enjoy your healthy, happy plants!

 

Mulch your Perennials

Mulch is the best friend of perennials during winter and should be piled around 4-6” deep around the base of your perennial plants as you approach the frost season.

What you choose as your mulch is your choice, with dry leaves, straw, wood chips, cardboard, bark, grass or even old newspaper sufficing perfectly well. As with your potted plants, remove this protection once the threat of frost has subsided.

 

Prepare for Ice

It can get pretty cold during the English winter and, as such, it’s worth protecting the water sources and objects which might be in your water features from ice damage.

Invest in tap covers for your exterior taps to prevent ice destroying them and remove any pumps or water features you may have submerged, as these are also likely to be damaged by freezing water.

 

Don’t Forget to Water

Watering? In winter? With plenty of rain in most English winters, watering is often far from the front of our minds. But if it hasn’t rained in some time, it’s important that you remember to lightly water your trees and shrubs to keep them from drying out.