GRASSify's top 5 tips for getting the garden ready for winter!

Posted on November 11, 2014

 

1.Clean up
Gather all the tools that you have used over the past few months and give them a good cleaning to remove all the dirt and rust. Use a mild detergent to disinfect pots and seed trays.
2.Check Structures
Check out fences, sheds, gates, and other structures for signs of weakness or rot and get them repaired before the snow and high winds arrive.
3.Outbuildings
Give sheds and greenhouses a good scrub and organise all those garden tools you cleaned earlier. Spruce up tables and chairs as well.
4.The Vegetable Garden
Cover root vegetables such as parsnips and carrots with 15cm of leaves or straw and they can be harvested throughout the winter. If snow is forecast cover with an old piece of carpet!
5.Plants and Shrubs
Dead-head autumn-flowering plants and prune summer-flowering shrubs before the first frosts. Brush any heavy snow from shrubs and trees to prevent broken branches.

 

Bonus tip: Why not try evergreen?

Evergreen plants are the backbone of the garden, they give structure and year round interest, so the more you plant evergreens in your garden, the better it will look in all winter! With warm soil and cooler conditions, autumn is the perfect time to fill those gaps in your borders. Sarcococca and Daphne will bring glossy green leaves and beautifully fragrant flowers in the depths of winter while the rest of your garden is dormant. For an elegant larger shrub try spring flowering Camellias or Fatsia for its large architectural foliage.
For a more formal look, why not invest in some box or yew topiary. Lonicera nitida, Bay and Holly can also be clipped into formal shapes and make excellent evergreen hedges too.  

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