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How to care for a garden during winter

Pro Landscaper speaks with Tiger Sheds, who have surveyed the nation to unveil the UK’s garden habits. It reveals that a massive two in five (40%) of Brits don’t take precautions to prepare their garden or garden buildings for the cooler winter weather.

What’s more, 52% completely abandon their gardens and fail to do any gardening throughout winter. Almost one in ten (9%) said that they don’t care for their garden in winter because they think that their plants will die regardless. 8% said they would replace anything that that the winter weather damages – but at what cost?

Only 4% of Brits said winter is the season they spend the most time caring for their garden. Cold temperature coming out as the number one reason to avoid gardening in the winter (67%).

The top four reasons people don’t garden in the winter are:

  1. It’s too cold to be outside gardening (67%)
  2. The flowers and leaves don’t come through until spring so there is little payoff (31%)
  3. Not spending enough time outdoors in the winter for it to be worth it (25%)
  4. Slippery surfaces (20%)

Experts from Tiger Sheds offer four top tips to keep gardens in the best condition possible over the winter period.

Protect garden buildings

Make sure to weatherproof building before the cold weather hits to reduce the risk of rot in the damp environment. Help protect outdoor building with a simple lick of paint which also brightens things up.

Another tip is to check that the windows and doors are well-sealed to ensure that water can’t get in and cause unwanted damage.

Don’t abandon plants

Keeping plants warm and dry is key for their survival. If possible, move plants indoors to keep them out of the cold and rain. If this isn’t possible, try to keep plants near fences and other sheltered areas. To shield plants from frost, use a protective cover overnight.

Grouping potted plants together and/or wrapping them in bubble wrap will also help to keep them warm. It prevents them from freezing or getting blown over in the bleak conditions. It’s also good to keep plants in pots with drainage holes so excess moisture from heavy rainfall can drain out.

Store away garden furniture

Garden furniture can easily get damaged in the winter weather so it’s a good idea to store it away. Ideally store in a garden shed, where it has shelter from the snow and rain. Despite their outdoor design, the wet weather makes furniture susceptible to damage so it’s good practice to pack it away before winter kicks in.

Don’t forget to maintain

Maintenance matters. More than half of the nation (52%) tend to forget to look after their gardens during the colder seasons. One key tip is to keep trimming away problematic branches to reduce the risk of damage that harsher weather may cause.

Although it may not be the first area thought of when it comes to tending a garden, the winter can have harsh effects on a lawn. Make sure to clear up any dead leaves as these prevent the grass from getting sunlight and water. It’s also a good idea to fertilize lawns to restore any nutrients lost as a result of the frosty weather.

Commenting on the findings, Jack Sutcliffe from Tiger Sheds said:

Understandably, it can be easy to ignore a garden in the winter. But, it’s important to look after it throughout the colder months to ensure green spaces bounce right back once spring comes along.
“These tips ensure all the time, effort and money spent taking care of a garden in spring to summer wasn’t in vain.”
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