Keeping your garden safe and protected during the winter can be a hard task for any gardener. With the unpredictability of the British winter especially, it can be hard to know whether to prepare for snow, slight frost or just lots and lots of rain.
One way to prevent your garden dying out completely during winter is ensuring that you choose the right type of plants for your garden in the first place. If you have a garden which is particularly exposed to the elements, make sure you choose plants which are tough and hardy so that they can withstand the weather, making sure that you still have a garden to come back to when winter is over.
You may think that evergreen plants don’t need protecting over winter, but you’d be wrong. The best way to protect these plants is to ensure that you spread a layer of mulch around the base of these plants. This allows the evergreens to get moisture when they need it but also helps to reduce the frost that builds up around them too.
It is often tempting to cut back plants ready for spring, but doing this before the winter is over can have devastating effects on your plants. Cutting back actually exposes the plant at the stem and roots, where it is freshest and most new, exposing the plant to the elements and making it less likely that it will survive the winter at all. It may look awful for a while, but leaving the dead ends on your plants over winter may actually help make sure that they thrive when winter is over.
If you’re trying to keep your potted plants safe, it is important to make sure that the pots you have are frost proof and not damaged at all. If they are damaged, try to change them for new ones if possible as the cracks in these pots could get worse over winter, possibly causing the pot to fall apart altogether. If you have a shed or greenhouse, it can be a good idea to move any potted plants that you can into the shelter as this ensures that they will be safe and protected, no matter what the weather.
If, in the unlikely event that the UK does get snow, try to avoid walking across the lawn. While the image of crisp footprints in the snow is very appealing, it will actually do more damage than good. It sounds dramatic, but walking across a snowy lawn can ruin the turf, leaving it suceptible to diseases – it’s a lot to prepare just for a pretty photo isn’t it? If you have trees, try to shake the snow off the branches gently where possible as it will help to ensure that the branches aren’t damaged by the weight.
These are just a couple of tips for keeping your lawn and plants safe during the winter period and there are plenty more that you can find with just a little research. Whether you’re a novice gardener or a pro, it can be a good idea to check out whether what you’re doing in your garden at winter is the best thing possible for your plants to give them a fighting chance at making it through until spring.