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Preparing your Garden for Winter

Ever feel like your garden is neglected and forgotten over Winter? I’m sure I wasn’t the only gardener who was very busy last Spring preparing gardens for the barbeque months. But why leave ourselves so much work to do in Spring, there surely must be a better way? Certainly this year I am taking and advising a different approach; a garden needs careful preparation to get the best out of your plants for next year. Hopefully this article with give you a few ideas to get you garden looking at its best for next spring.

The temperature has dropped, the days are shorter and the trees have begun to change to their beautiful Autumnal colours. This means there are going to be a lot of leaves to rake up, make sure to compost them. The leaf mould produced can be used in your borders next year and supply nutrients to your plants. If you don’t have a composting area, perhaps now is the time to think about creating one. Most gardens no matter how small can accommodate some form of composting bin. If you have room, I prefer to section an area off where you can manage you compost better by turning and covering it if necessary.

Many of your herbaceous perennials will be starting to look a bit tired and leggy. Most will tell you themselves when they need to be cut back and it is important to do so to keep your garden looking at its best. To make more space in an overcrowded border, you may consider splitting some perennials to fill sparser areas of the garden. This will reinvigorate plants, giving them more room to grow and hopefully a better flower next season.  I found Geranium Rozanne did very well this year, lending itself well to splitting due to its vigorous nature. If you are considering using it, make sure to plant sparsely and give it plenty of room to grow into. Expect fantastic purple flowers from late Spring right up until early Autumn.

It has been a tough year for lawns; with baking hot sun one week and torrential downpours the next. Now is the time to prepare your lawn for Winter conditions. Scarify with a wire rake or a machine if you have a large area to cover, this will remove spongy mossy material from the lawn and encourage new growth. Aerating your lawn is also important, use a fork to puncture the surface or again a machine if your lawn is more like a football pitch! This will allow better drainage and stop surface water building up. You may also consider plugging your lawn in Spring, this will aid drainage but also stimulate growth as the cores are removed.

If you feel like you garden is a little drab over Winter, now is also the time for planting bulbs to inject a bit of winter and early spring colour into your garden. If you are planting bulbs in beds you may want to grow them on in pots first and then plant them out, this avoids them being disturbed or damaged when you dig your beds over. Otherwise make sure you plant those bulbs deep down where they won’t be as easily disturbed. Always make sure you read the planting instructions as some bulbs will not favour these conditions.

So as you can see it’s not all doom and gloom over winter, there is still a lot to enjoy and do in the garden. But remember to stay enthusiastic because a little time now goes a long way to better and more beautiful garden next year.


 

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