Saying goodbye to the end of summer can feel like putting your garden into hibernation. Few residents want to make an attempt at enjoying their outdoor space when the weather turns cold, wet, and grey. Those who prepare their outdoor spaces, however, can soon find that even in less accommodating weather, garden spaces can still be pleasant and even offer great utility.
The alternative of staying indoors, however, doesn’t mean that gardens can altogether be forgotten about for the winter period. In fact, if a resident isn’t planning on using their garden space, it is paramount that they prepare their garden for the winter period or risk being able to enjoy their outdoor space in the new year.
Clear Away Weeds
Any plant that can potentially cause an issue to your garden, whether it may throttle your vegetables or risk spreading extensively onto a lawn, should be controlled. During the winter months, these weeds can prosper and be immensely difficult to remove once properly established.
As such, it is crucial that homeowners make efforts to manage these plants during the summer and autumn periods. By doing so, it will limit or entirely restrict the ability for the plants to establish themselves and become a permanent nuisance.
It only takes a single unexpected weather event, such as heavy rainfall or a strong gale, for a garden to see its furniture damaged irreparably. Chairs and tables, as well as plant pots, that are shifted and tumbled by the wind and can become a potential issue for structures, such as sheds and log cabins, too.
Be sure to store, cover, or secure your outdoor assets to ensure that they do not deteriorate during the more extreme weather, or end up in your neighbour’s garden during the night.
Clearing the drains of one’s home isn’t always a pleasant job. However, the surprise of finding a leak inside the home during a cold winter is far more unpleasant. As such, residents would do well to ensure that they prevent water from accumulating around their homes and, particularly, on their roofs during winter, since even a single instance of water collection can cause issues.
Trim Hedges And Trees
Having large and handsome trees and hedges can do plenty for a garden space, offering privacy and protection from the wind. Those that are left to overgrow, however, can actually work against a home, with stray branches being blown or even snapped off in various directions.
It is important that those with larger trees and hedges take the courtesy to keep them trimmed accordingly. Those that don’t may soon find themselves having to deal with an ill-placed and heavy tree branch.
The green-thumbed among you will know that soil, during the cold and windy weather, can degrade, causing the plants and seeds growing to struggle. Those who would like to protect their soil or ensure that their seeds and roots are kept safe until the spring, would do well to mulch or appropriately cover their soil as a form of protection.