Although we haven’t experienced a very wet winter so far, we have received bouts of harsh wind, rain, lighting, thunder and even hail.
There are many positives and negatives surrounding what this can do to our gardens, but it can certainly cause them to spiral out of control and become difficult to maintain.
The soil becomes much more workable when damp and this makes it easier to strip your garden down to the bare essentials, without disturbing it’s summer time beauty.
Read on to see some great ideas on how you can revamp your garden this winter.
1. Revamp your lawn
Autumn is a beautiful season, when plants flourish, birds sing and the weather isn’t too hot nor too cold, but when Winter comes around, all of these beautiful leaves will fall away and you can be left with something similar to the image above. Before you do anything to your garden, take care of the simple things. If you have a rake handy, do a tidy up of your lawn and ensure its freshly mowed. This can make a world of difference and make your garden look much neater.
If your lawn has had it’s last day and is in serious need of a revamp, the ground will be soft enough to reseed/ lay new lawn or repair what’s existing. If you are laying new grass, good preparation is key. This means you need to remove all of the weeds and any stones in the area, in addition to digging into the soil and adding compost or manure, then leveling it out so it is ready for the process to begin again.
The lawn needs to stay hydrated, although the rain should help at this time of year. Seeds needs to be protected from birds with netting, elevated by placing shortened twigs or canes around the area and securing the netting to them.
2. Tidy up
If you have any large trees, plants or hedges in your garden, now is the time to neaten them up. Trim hedges and tidy evergreens which should remain neat until spring. Evergreens should not put on much new growth during winter, so this should save you the job of pruning them in spring, when you may risk disturbing nesting birds.
3. Weed out
If you do a final weed before the perennial weeds disappear for the winter, you should hopefully make your task lighter when they come back in spring. Look out for ground elder, couch grass and bindweed, which are among the most pernicious weeds and try to dig up all the white roots which, if left in the ground, will just sprout up again next year.via www.home.bt.com
4. Brighten things up
If you want to minimise costs and you’re open to adding colour to your garden, why not incorporate some leftover items from around the house? If you have leftover tins of paint that are no longer being used, paint them any colour you like and use them to store your plants. Ensure they have drainage holes, then just add soil plus the desired flora and you’re set!
You don’t have to use old paint tins, get creative and think outside the box. Why not try old food cans (such as soup) for smaller plants. It’s amazing what can be of use when you think it’s ready for the bin.
5. Be creative
We can be inventive about our displays of plants – they are there to entertain us. Take a look at the following images for some creative ideas.