Top tips to prepare your garden for the winter months

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Top tips to prepare your garden for the winter months

Just because you’ve harvested most of your fruit and vegetables and the flowers have died back, doesn’t mean that you can sit back on your laurels and forget about your garden!

It may look as if your garden has gone into hibernation, but there’s plenty going on under the soil until it freezes. Divided perennials, hardy bulbs and newly transplanted shrubs and trees are all growing roots. The leaves are falling, insects are dying and stems are collapsing – in essence, everything is being returned to the earth.

This means that the autumn is all about clearing away the remnants of the summer and preparing your garden for the winter months.

Blog image Stock Gardens Landscapers3 Top tips to prepare your garden for the winter monthsHere are Stock Gardens’ top tips for making the transition from summer to winter.

Divide your perennials

If any of your perennials are getting too large, you will want to divide them by using a spade or knife to prise apart the root.

Then use the divided plants to fill in any gaps in the garden. Just make sure that the perennial’s new location has the correct growing conditions for the plant. Ideally it needs to be very similar to its original location.

Remove tender plants

Bring in any tender plants and pot them indoors before the cold weather hits. This means Begonias, Dahlias and even woody shrubs. Keep them in a cool, frost-free place until spring, when they can be replanted.

You will also want to transfer any unwanted plants and debris to the compost heap.

Tidy up your borders

Dig up any annuals and replace them with winter bedding plants, including Pansies, Primroses, Polyanthus, Cyclamen and winter flowering heathers.

If you have previously made a mistake in the positioning of certain plants, now is the ideal time to move them. You can also divide any overcrowded perennials before the soil gets too cold.

Once you have tidied up your borders, add a layer of compost, rotted manure or bark chips.

Revitalise your lawn

Your lawn has to deal with a lot in the summer. If it’s looking a little bedraggled, now is the time to give it a little TLC. Use a rake to remove moss and any old grass clippings that may still remain. If moss is threatening to take over, you might want to use a moss killer.

Many of us have used the lawn a lot of the summer, in which case the soil beneath paths and areas that see the most wear (children’s play areas etc) has probably become compacted. Using the prongs of a garden fork, make deep holes across the whole area. This will aerate the soil and improve drainage.

Sort out the pond

The leaves are falling from the trees – if they end up decomposing in your pond they can block your filter and turn the water foul. Minimise the hassle of dredging up leaves by putting a fine meshed net across the pond now. Simply pin it down with bricks or rocks.

Any leaves that fall on the net can easily be collected and put on the compost heap.

Not particularly confident in your gardening abilities?

If you don’t have the time or knowhow to prepare your garden for the winter, simply call the experts. The team at Stock Gardens offer a huge range of garden maintenance services, ranging from pruning to lawn care.

We will ensure that your garden is ready for the colder months. Call Stock Gardens on 01277 652594 before the big freeze hits!


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