Keep your garden tidy in Winter
In the dark, cold days of winter, there’s nothing better than getting cosy in your warm and festively decorated home. But for the few light hours of the day, this ideal image can soon be shattered by the state of your garden.
Colourless, wet and muddy winter gardens have nothing on the bright colours and new growth that comes with spring and summer. But that doesn’t mean your garden should be neglected during the December to March period. Your outdoor space can still be maintained and kept in good condition so it continues to provide a pleasant outlook for your home.
In this blog post, Lawnmowers Direct share their top tips for taking care of your garden in winter. Read on to find out how you can give your outdoor space a facelift this cold season.
Tip 1 – Keep it tidy!
Winter can be a bit of a down-time in the garden, with slow to no growth meaning very little maintenance to keep up with. Although there’s less grass cutting, plant trimming and watering to be done, there is one thing you can continue to do regularly to keep your garden in ship-shape.
And that’s keeping it tidy—from picking up fallen leaves from plants that have shut themselves down for the cold months of winter and removing debris that has blown into your garden to ensuring borders stay neat, simple tidying tasks can give your garden an instant face lift.
Whether you give yourself ten minutes a day or one hour a week, keeping some time back in your schedule to give your garden a little bit of TLC in the form of tidying will help it to stay looking at its finest for when spring rolls around.
Tip 2 – To mow, or not to mow?
Too often, garden novices think that they need to leave their lawn alone over the winter period. However, this can actually lead to more damage than some gentle maintenance.
Winter weather has a tendency to be volatile: one week it can be mild and wet, the next week, sub-zero temperatures and unrelenting frost. This can make knowing what to do in terms of lawn care tricky, but the best advice we can give is to just play it by ear.
If your grass is getting long and limp and is at risk of becoming discoloured, giving it a cut on a high blade setting is a much better option than allowing it to continue to grow and smother itself. The key is to think about when you’re going to mow.
- Don’t mow when your lawn is wet – this can damage the lawn bed and increases the risk of grass being pulled out and leaving a patchy result.
- Don’t mow before a hard frost – Cutting your grass only to leave it exposed to minus temperatures can lead to permanent damage which could kill your lawn.
Obviously, finding a time where your lawn is completely dry is easier said than done, but waiting to cut your lawn until it is as dry as possible and using a high quality mower will reduce the risk of any damage.
Tip 3 – Create pathways
Winter is a notoriously wet season, and keeping particularly saturated and soft areas footprint and damage free should become a priority during this time of year. But if cutting off areas of your garden until the days begin to lengthen and things start to dry out isn’t an option, you need to come up with a quick and easy solution.
Creating pathways around your garden might seem like a drastic measure, but it’s one of the quickest, easiest and most effective solutions. Think about it, a pathway is far more visually appealing than a muddy trail.
Making this a reality doesn’t have to mean laying large slabs either. There’s plenty of creative options which allow you to design a pathway in keeping with your garden theme. From shingle borders to cobbled walkways to stylish paving, there’s a design option suitable for every garden space.
Although gardening during the winter period might not be as rewarding and relaxing as it is in the warmer, lighter months, it is nonetheless vital to keeping your garden in respectable shape. Following these tips will help you easily maintain your garden over winter so that, by the time spring rolls around, you’re in a good position to get your green fingers back to work!
BIO: This blog post was contributed by Lawnmowers Direct, an online supplier of garden machinery and tools.