Gardening Tips for Winter – Preparation

tree-winterWith hot summer months long gone and winter approaching us rapidly, it is time to call in Benton Arboriculture and prepare your garden for harsh winter conditions. You can prepare your garden yourself, and also employ the services of a professional tree surgeon from Kings Cuts Trees to assist.

  • Tackle the inside of your greenhouse. This will help reduce the number of pests and diseases in winter. Remove your plants before sweeping away any plant debris, and disinfect surfaces, paths and glass (a hot garden disinfectant solution is ideal). Ensure your greenhouse is well ventilated after this, to dry it out.
  • We’ve already cleaned the inside of the greenhouse, so let’s get started on the outside. Greenhouses are often covered with shade paint for summer months, to reduce the intensity of sunlight plants inside receive. Yet, with days becoming shorter and natural light becoming an increasingly valuable resource, removing shade paint will maximise light available. This can be done easily with a bucket of hot water and some elbow grease. Use this opportunity to replace and broken or damaged glass, and clean out any gutters on the greenhouse.
  • Maintain your compost heap, as this will be a useful resource for your plants over winter! Clear out last year’s compost and use this around the garden and start making a heap of this season’s waste.
  • Revitalise your lawn. Remove old crass clippings and moss with a rake and add it to your compost heap. Improve drainage and air flow of worn areas with a garden fork. Autumn is also a good time to add new turf.
  • If you have a pond, purchase a net to place above it. Pond nets are ideal for catching any falling leaves, which can block filters and make water foul. Leaves can be added straight onto the compost heap after being collected.
  • Maintain your tools. Ensure your lawn mower is fully functional, if not then fix any malfunctioning parts or purchase a new one if it is beyond repair. Sharpen and wash any tools, but dry them thoroughly to prevent rust.
  • Check your structures, including fences and sheds, for signs of weakness or rot, and get them repaired before snow and winds arrive.
  • Putting out fat blocks and other food on a regular basis. This will help local wildlife to come to your garden. Not only will this encourage fertilisation from their faeces, but they will also repay you by eating any pests they find in your garden.