The winter weather is fast approaching, I predict (and so does the Met Office) that we’ll see snow this winter. The frosty, snowy weather can be detrimental to our garden’s health. Not just our plants and shrubs but our furniture too. So, before the cold weather really hits home, be sure to protect the following areas.
Soil, vegetable patches and flowers
The ground loses a lot of its nutrients when the frost hits as it struggles to protect the plants and roots. To ensure healthy growth in the Spring and Summer, be sure to protect the soil and any sprouts or seedlings you have. The Woodland Trust suggest adding a layer of straw or mulch to the top soil, particularly around vulnerable plants. This will add a layer of insulation to help it stay strong in the coldest of weather.
Shrubs and trees
Most trees and shrubs can weather the effects of snow and frost up to 15 Celsius. However, if you’ve got fruit trees or trees that have seen better days, you’re best off taking steps to help protect it from the wintry weather. You could use bark chippings around the base of the tree to help insulate the soil around it. The stem of the tree may also benefit from a fleece wrap too, and if you’re particularly concerned, this could be extended to the branches and leaves.
Ceramic pots and potted plants
Where possible, it’s best to bring potted plants indoors or at least into a summerhouse or sheltered structure. The cold and frost can enter from the bottom as well as the top so this gives these plants and pots the best chance for survival. If you can’t bring them in, you can buy fleece wraps to help give a layer of insulation that protects the plant and pot against the frost and snow.
Wooden furniture and structures
It’s best to put all furniture away after the summer months to get as much use out of your furniture as possible and avoid so much aftercare. A summer house or if space doesn’t permit, a garden box, offers great capacity for storage during winter. If you really have nowhere to put it, a waterproof cover will at least offer some protection.
Other garden structures
If you have sheds, garden boxes or summerhouses in your garden, it’s best to take a few preventive and maintenance measures before the wet, cold and wintery weather really hits. This is so it doesn’t entail costly repairs or even disposal when the spring comes (it’s also helpful from a health and safety perspective).
For your garden structures, be sure the roof is intact and that water cannot get in through any side panels. If there is even a tiny hole, be sure to patch it up. It could damage the contents inside or lead to further problems later. You also want to ensure that water can run off the sides of the roof and not sit on top; this again can cause structural damage, and too much weight and it’ll collapse on itself. If there is a heavy downpour of snow and you have a flat roof, it is best to get out and sweep the snow off of it.
We hope these tips have proved helpful. If you implement them, you can ensure your garden will thrive another year and will hopefully ensure that there are no costly inconveniences. Bit of a green fingers? You’ll love our other gardening features, check them out below!