During the summer gardens are widely enjoyed. They are outdoor spaces that allow residents to relax and dine within nature, revelling in reliably warm weather. However, during the winter months, residential opinions of outdoor spaces can change. Harsher weather means a less hospitable environment for relaxation. Low temperatures can also disincline residents from maintaining their gardens as thoroughly as usual, leading to overgrowth and risk of potential damage.
Whether this is your first time taking responsibility for a garden over winter or you’re looking to take better care of your outdoor space, we have the essential tips you need.
Prepare Your Plot
Overcoming the winter season and ensuring that a garden can easily be enjoyed as springtime rolls around requires preparation. During the end of the summer period and the beginning of autumn, homeowners should endeavour to arrange their gardens, securing or removing assets and furniture that might be adversely affected by the weather. Certain pieces of dining equipment, for example, might be blown into a neighbouring yard during high winds.
Cleaning surfaces also helps to prevent moulds, mosses, and mildew from getting a head start on the damper season, preventing them from taking hold and ruining a property.
Items that are kept in a garden over the course of the winter season should be appropriately stored. Outbuildings are an ideal place for many garden assets, with many potential designs being available. Now, instead of simply choosing a shed space, residents are seeking summer houses and log cabins for sale, so as to have a space that can be used for the purposes of both storage and relaxation.
When arranging belongings to be stored outside, be sure that they are both adequately secured and well-ventilated. Airflow can be important during the colder months, so as to ensure that dampness doesn’t occur and damage along with it.
As residents spend fewer hours outdoors in their gardens, plants, and those considered to be weeds, can overgrow. While this might not seem too significant an issue on the surface, the network of roots that such growth develops over winter can be very problematic in the future.
Bindweed is a well-known example, throttling other plants and being very difficult to control or remove once established, growing even from a small fragment of the root. Others, such as Japanese knotweed are not only problematic for gardens but can even compromise property structures and reduce home value too.
While fallen leaves and plant matter are a remarkable resource for soil nutrients and insects, they can be problematic for homeowners, clogging drains and blocking pond filters. As such, necessary precautions should be taken to ensure that blockages don’t occur and run the risk of floods.
Prior to winter, be sure to clean out drains, pipes, and ponds, then installing some form of netting to prevent potential build-up. This short process will be greatly valued during winter, especially as gardens experience sudden downpours of rain.