Have you ever heard the phrase ‘summer bodies are made in winter?’ Well you can apply the same methodology to your garden – don’t abandon it in winter or it won’t be blooming beautiful in summer. Just because the weather isn’t warm enough to be outside in your garden regularly doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it from inside! Not only does maintaining your garden all year round make life easier when summer rolls around again, but it can also help local wildlife survive the cold months.
Here are some expert gardening tips for the season, to make sure your outdoor spaces look impressive all year round.
Who said that colourful flowers are only a sight for summer? There are plenty of plants that thrive in winter or will flower all year round. Winter Clematis provide lovely bell shaped flowers to bring life to any garden, along with winter bedding plants such as pansies and forget-me-nots. A wide variety of vegetables and herbs can also survive winter, such as garlic and onions – plant these now and you should see them shooting out of the soil as the New Year begins.
Protect from frost
The main problem with plants throughout winter is the frost – not many are tough enough to survive it. Tender herbs such as olive and French lavender need to be brought indoors if in containers, or at least placed undercover. Keep thyme leafier by putting a cloche over it to protect it on frosty days and nights.
Create natural food for wildlife
Food can become scarce for wild animals throughout the winter, so it doesn’t hurt to give a helping hand. Lots of shrubs and berries can provide food and shelter for nesting. Water is just as important as food, especially for birds. If you have a birdbath, keep a floating ball in it, and remove it if the water freezes over – this should leave a hole in the ice for the birds to get to the water source.
Plant shrubs and trees
Winter is a great time to plant shrubs and trees in the garden, as they root down well thanks to the moisture from the rain. This gives them a great start in spring when they start to really grow.
Rake up leaves
Crunchy autumn leaves can look great in the garden for a day or so, but when they get soggy and start to decay they are not so desirable. Leaves can cause havoc in drains and when left on a lawn can cause bare patches – so rake them up regularly.
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