Returning from our family holiday i instantly stepped foot in to the garden and it was visible to me as a novice gardener that the garden had not been tended to in a few weeks. The season had quickly swallowed up the array of summer color that had once partied on the grass and along the hedgerows. Autumn is here and there is so much to do in the garden before we pack up for winter.
So gather up the whole family and follow my tips below to keep the garden in shape over the winter period.
1. A winter uniform. The elements of the air have become much harsher and the texture of the grass is beginning to change. Moist at first until the ground starts to freeze over leaving a roughness to contend with. A gardening overall with well protected knee pads and a fitted fleece should provide much needed comfort and protection whilst clearing the yard. Gloves are also essential and modern gloves are now produced in a snug fit for smaller hands ladies!
2. Keep leaves raked. Keeping on top of tidying the leaves prevent dead spots in the grass. Light layers of leaves can remain on ground cover or in natural areas. Use your lawn mower then chop up leaves before adding them to mulch or compost. Leaves decompose quicker when shredded. Turn compost at least once a month for fast decomposition. Remove leaves from gutters which can quickly get clogged up. Invest in some gutter wire to enable a clear flow.
3. If you have children or Grandchildren then the winter months are a fantastic time to venture out into the garden and delegate chores. Trees stop growing in the winter but that does not mean that plant care should cease. If you have over hanging branches covering your drive or shading your windows then now is the time to prune back. Dormant pruning will help prevent disease and have less impact on our trees during the stormy weather. Collect light twigs and let the children build small dens in the corner of the garden to give animals a place to hibernate for the winter.
4. Clean your greenhouse. Have a good clear out and start sorting through pots and storage containers. You may want to grow some winter vegetables so wash out your plant pots and have them organised. Use a hot solution of garden disinfectant to wash down paths and clean windows. Whilst you have the disinfectant out then this is a good time to clean out your water butt ready for fresh rain water if you own one.
10. Be ready to go. When the first signs of Spring approach next year and it is time to wake up the garden then we need to be ready to enjoy the good weather. Service and repair machinery before it is stored and clean and wipe down garden furniture. Be sure to check your storage facilities for any leaks during the cold season.
Enjoy your garden this winter and wrap up warm!