Winter frost is slowly creeping up on us and nights are drawing in earlier. The weather has taken a turn so we have prepared a guide to help prepare your garden for winter. Before you sit back and let nature take its course there are a few things that should be done in preparation for spring. With the cold weather setting in it is easy to get distracted by the warm cosy fire and warm cup of tea but we urge you not to be lazy, just cleaning up dead leaves is only the start.
Remove dead leaves from flowers and vegetable patches. Dig up the plants that last only a season and add them on the compost heap. Remove yellowing or dead leaves or flowers before rot develops and remove any weeds hidden under the plant foliage. Removing leaves off your lawn will not only make it look more attractive but helps your compost heap.
Clean the gutters and pipes
If drains, guttering and downpipes are not doing their job; leaks can cause damage to your property. So while autumn leaves are falling, keep clearing all your gutters, even on outbuildings, to prevent blockages. If you have a downpipe that discharges into an open gully, keep the grating clear of leaves to avoid flooding.
Start composting leaves to give them a chance to break down and produce nutrient-rich compost, which will be ready for boosting the garden in the New Year. As you are growing the soil without artificial inputs such as synthetic fertilizers that are often too high in nitrogen a healthy organic soil makes for more nutritional vegetables.
Plant for the next spring
Plant for the next year by picking up some bulbs you can plant ready for next spring. Flowers like daffodils and tulips will be ideal to plant in autumn. They can get their roots growing before the real cold sets in. If you are worried about your plants not sprouting or simply do not have room why not consider a Greenhouse from Dunster House.
Greenhouse for your plants
Use a quality Greenhouse that has good ventilation as they are prone to gathering steam and condensation on mild days. At Dunster House we have a fantastic range of Greenhouses. We offer handy optional extras like our auto top opener that is fitted with a temperature sensitive stay arm. Auto top opener will save you the hassle of checking and opening the ventilation manually. It will allow fresh air to ventilate inside and help remove stagnant air.
Don’t forget about the wildlife especially birds and little critters that visit your garden. Put out a bird feeder and food accessible. Many animals and birds can find it really difficult to source food in winter – especially if it snows or the ground is icy. Not only are they lovely to watch, but they’ll eat any winter insects that are feasting on your plants.
By taking the time to prepare your garden for winter you will be better prepared for spring when it is time to get back into the garden and start planting. Don’t forget about the tools! Ensure, they are clean and working, so you can get on with the task in hand as soon as spring has arrived.