It goes without saying that throughout the winter months, we can experience some pretty bad weather. This can take its toll on our gardens, meaning that the way we look after them needs to differ. Plants aren’t use to, nor built to withstand some of the freezing temperatures that we encounter during this time, and so they aren’t necessarily equipped to survive. This however can be helped by you. Continuous maintenance along with being prepared and knowing how to look after your garden properly throughout winter can be a huge help.
We wanted to give you a few tips on how to look after your garden this winter.
Dispose of dead or dying plants
Dying plants and leaves are very common over winter, and not only are they a bit of an eyesore, but they can be unhealthy for your garden. We advise that you monitor this over winter and remove all the dead foliage as it appears or starts to gather. However, when removing leaves from an otherwise healthy plant, be careful not to cut into the healthy stem, as this could hinder growth.
There is no real way of protecting your garden from the snow. Sometimes snow falls thick and heavy, and as this piles up on our plants, it can be rather suffocating. We advise you that when snow gathers on top of plants, that you scrape it off the best you can, to stop it from weighing anything down such as branches, or preventing it from growing. Furthermore, if your plants are covered in snow, this prevents it from getting any sunlight, which can be pretty damaging and have a negative impact on growth.
Maintenance is key throughout winter. One way you can maintain your garden, is by cutting your lawn and not allowing it to become too overgrown. If the grass is too long, frost and ice can actually cause it to weaken, which isn’t very healthy.
The same sort of issue can actually occur with plants when we get frost and ice. The freezing temperatures sometimes cause cell walls inside the plant to rupture, which can then lead to damaged roots and stems. This tends to only become noticeable when the plant then continues to grow, but does so unusually. So, the plant may start to grow in the wrong direction, or curl rather than growing straight out, or the leaves etc can essentially rot once they have started to grow out.
For more information or if you have any enquiries, we would be more than happy to help. Simply get in touch with us via the details on our contact page and we will get back to you to answer your questions.