Helping your garden survive the winter
With winter often comes worry about how to look after the garden you’ve put so much time and effort into during the rest of the year. However, with just a few tips and tricks you can avoid watching your hard work go to waste as the morning frost appears, and as long as you wrap up warm, gardening in the winter often has positive health benefits.
Plant the right type
Just because the weather is colder and the temperature has dropped doesn’t mean you can’t plant anything new. If the ground is soft enough to dig then you’ll be able to plant new flowers. The key here is to make sure that you’re choosing the right type of flower for this time of year, as you’ll need something hardy and able to handle the cold temperature and frosts. Some good plants that flower in December and January are Algerian Iris, Hyacinths and Heather.
Adapt your plants locations
If you’ve got potted plants that you’re able to move then putting them to the south or southeast of the house is best for winter. Moving them here will allow your house to protect them from the elements whilst also making sure they still get that glorious winter sunshine. If you’ve got plants you can’t move but feel they need protection from the wind and weather, then pick up some cheap plastic covering to help shield the young or delicate plants.
Keeping your plants at a consistent temperature during the winter is probably the biggest challenge. However, the freezing and thawing of the plants and soil is actually what does the most damage to the plants, so keeping the temperature consistent is key. The best way to do this is to add about 3 inches of mulch to flower beds and plant pots, as this helps keep them at a consistent temperature.
Once your garden has been damaged by the frost, rain and snow, unfortunately the damage has been done. It is therefore unlikely that you’ll be able to save what has been damaged or died. Keeping an eye on your garden to see what changes are happening well in advance can be helpful when deciding what changes need to be made – and when. Always keep an eye on the weather forecast, and if you can, plan ahead for frost and snow.
If you’re look to move for a bigger, or maybe even a smaller, more manageable, garden, then contact your local branch who will be able to discuss your requirements with you.