Making Your Garden Easier to Manage This Winter
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As we enter the month of November, we can all count on one thing – we’ve finally entered the season of winter. For most of us, the months ahead are going to be filled with cold temperatures, harsh weather conditions and all sorts of other elements that make us want to stay cosy and tucked up inside our own homes with our nearest and dearest. But if you have a garden and have put effort into it through the more favourable seasons, you’re going to have to make sure that you take care of it through the harder ones too. Sure, you could just abandon ship, not set a foot out back and return when the weather is milder, but this is going to be bad for your space and leave you a whole lot of repertory work to complete come spring. Instead, why not keep on top of things consistently? Here are some tips that can help you to achieve this.
A Final Lawn Mow
Grass grows more slowly during the winter months, so you won’t have to be out using the lawnmower as often. But it is still a good idea to do one, last, big mow before the weather gets really bad. Mow the lawn, strim the sides and corners and you should find that’s sufficient to keep things short and neat for a while.
Lay Down Mulch
Do you have flowerbeds? These take time to dig up and it’s hard to maintain their quality of soil, so don’t let water logging and frost ruin the hard work, time and effort you’ve put in so far. Sure, you might not grow much during the winter, but maintaining your flower beds is still important. Lay down mulch over your flower beds, as this will protect them from frost, waterlogging and freezing.
If you’re looking for less grass maintenance in general, you may want to consider replacing elements of your garden with gravel. Gravel looks great, feels good underfoot, can serve as a feature and reduces the amount of green space you need to manage. Gravel takes care of itself for the most part. If you’re unsure of how much gravel you will need for the area you’re trying to take care of, use an online gravel calculator that can provide you with some answers.
Patios are another great alternative that you could use. Patio slabs are relatively easy for professionals to lay down and once they’re down, they are easy to maintain. All you’ll need to do is jetwash them occassionally to prevent the build up of moss, which can be slippy and dangerous.
Store Garden Furniture
If you’ve had garden furniture out throughout the summer, now is the time to store it away. This furniture will simply become damaged, experiencing unnecessary wear and tear, if left out in the rain, frost or snow. It can also grow dirty quickly from dirt and debris being blown onto it by the wind. If you have a shed, this is the perfect place. If not, an indoor cupboard or storage units could be good too.
Each step can really help to maintain your garden this winter, so give each a try!