Top Winter Gardening Tips
It might be getting colder, but there’s still so much you can do in your garden during the winter months. Now’s the time to take stock of your plants and lovingly prepare your garden for the spring to come – as well as potentially trying out new design ideas. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your garden in winter.
Store Your Summer Kit
When the sun’s out we all flock to our gardens, bringing with us all the trappings that entails; barbecues, picnic rugs, chairs, and tables – the list is endless! By safely and securely storing it all away you’ll be able to whip it out at a moments notice when the sun appears again next year – so it’s worth taking a little time over now to make sure you’ll know where everything is. Garden Store Direct have a great range of cushion storage boxes for all of your garden soft furnishings, so all of your cushions will stay dry but won’t take up extra room inside. A shed or garage is usually the best place for any larger items such as barbecues and dining sets.
Prune Your Shrubs
The most important job during winter is pruning and shaping your shrubs, particularly your shrub roses. Start by removing any dead or diseased branches, prevent damage by cutting back sections that rub against each other and cut back exceptionally long branches by about a third of their length. Doing this each winter means that your plants will be ready to bloom again come spring, probably even more beautiful than before!
Protect Your Garden From Frost
Feed The Birds
Winter can be a tough time for wildlife, particularly birds – so they need our help. Birds need a range of food provided in different ways to help them stay fed and warm through the coldest months, but water is just as important and often forgotten. Many of their usual water sources will freeze up so make sure your bird bath stays ice free by leaving a large floating ball in it, then even if does freeze remove the ball to leave a hole. Then sit back with a hot drink and enjoy the view of birds of all shapes and sizes flocking to your garden.
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