This week saw the arrival of that edge to the air that confirms winter is coming. We have been through Halloween and, yet again, that ancient festival failed to ward off the icy tentacles of the winter months. And this one is, by all accounts, set to be on the harsh side. Suddenly our gardens – the site of barbecues, of relaxation, of the children playing – becomes something more akin to Narnia, frost-coated, best left behind the coats in the wardrobe.
However, there is also good news to match the rather more pessimistic tone to this story. If you’ve got a natural lawn, you will basically have to suck it and see, in terms of how it weathers the cold and the frost of winter. Meanwhile, if you have an artificial lawn you can kick back and relax, secure in the knowledge that once the frosts retreat next spring, your lawn will look as exquisite as ever, perfect and uniform. In fact, winter is arguably the best season to have artificial grass installed, a lawn that maintains its beauty all year round.
Of course that’s not to say the rest of the garden will need some precautionary work. In essence, what you need to do is tuck in your garden for its winter hibernation, and to help you in that endeavour we have created a check-point for you to work through, before you can shut the door on the garden for a while, and thoughts turn, instead to open fires and warm toddies:
Winter gardening tasks
- Clean-up time
That’s what we say to the kids and it’s the same for the garden. Have a tidy up around the veggie garden and clean up any dead plants, which can go into compost. You can also start to cut down dead plants, and clean up the shrubs and perennials, as well as pulling up the weeds.
Also, tidy away all your gardening tools and disconnect the hose if its unlikely you will use it through winter. Use the opportunity to give your shed that well-needed clear out… shed feng shui!
In terms of the compost, you can also gather up the season’s fallen fruits and transfer them to your compost bin.
There’s plenty of them about and they can be useful. Collect them all into refuse sacks and then let them decay down, within the sacks, into ‘”leaf mould”. You can then add that to your compost, or use it as an organic soil additive.
You may find some late bargains at the garden centres and be able to get some bulbs in the ground, ready for next spring. There’s nothing better than seeing the first shoots of the new year cracking the softening ground.
Think about pruning as we move into winter, in readiness for spring’s fresh growth. Of course you might also like to bring in some of these prunings into the house for winter decoration at Christmas!
Wildlife will still be around and they will now be even hungrier, so think about fixing up the fencing, or else covering plants and veg beds, to keep off those pesky back garden intruders.
So, as we move through November this could be your last chance to take an overview of your garden, before it’s safely tucked up for winter. But of course if you have an artificial surface, the one thing you won’t have to worry about is the lawn, which will look perfect and pristine, once spring’s sun melts the final snows!
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