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Winter Gardening Guide

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Not all winter gardening jobs mean you need to brave the winter weather outside to get ahead, even on the coldest of days there are plenty of jobs you can do wrapped up warm from the comfort of your own home.
Winter is all about keeping on top of jobs like weeding, tidying, pruning and planning ahead - thankfully activities such as planning and ordering seeds to plant can be done while curled up on the sofa with a warm cuppa in one hand and a seed catalogue in the other.

Let's take a look at all of the most important winter gardening jobs for you to keep on top of this season.


Keep the garden tidy
Keeping lawn edging neatly trimmed and styled is a quick and easy way of making your garden look neat and tidy. It's also a great time to give your shed, garage or potting station a tidy up and to clean patios and decking; you will be thankful for tackling these issues now as apposed to in spring when you'll be busy checking on all of that new growth.

Top tips for keeping the garden neat and tidy in winter:
  • Avoid walking on frosty grass during autumn and winter, this can damage your lawn during dormancy.

  • Aerate your lawn in autumn and into winter (avoid doing this during overly frosty or cold weather) to avoid compaction and to ensure the soil doesn't dry out, aerating the lawn also helps with drainage.

  • Keep gutters and drains clear of fallen leaves and debris and make sure all leaves are checked for disease and disposed of appropriately. 



Pruning trees & shrubs
The benefits of pruning in winter means you reduce the risk of wounds and diseases, it's also far easier to get an idea of the overall structure of a plant and where you can make some essential cuts. To ensure the best possible results, always use the right tools for the job and ensure they are regularly maintained and cleaned.

Different plants require pruning at different times of year, it's worth checking before making any cuts. For more information on pruning and shaping, see below. 

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Maintaining and looking after tools
Having the right tools for the job is essential to getting the best results and keeping those tools in good condition is an ongoing job. Blunt edges, dull spades and old tools can damage plants, make gardening more of a chore and can result in injuries if not properly maintained. 

  • On days when you're not able to get stuck into gardening, it's worth taking the time to maintain and clean all equipment so that once spring is here, you're ready to go!

  • Now is also a great time to service your lawn mower if you have one, there are plenty of business who can help with this too.

  • Sharpening your secateur blades now ensures that your hand tools are in top top condition for spring gardening.


Dust off your seed catalogues and get planning
Take a note of which plants you enjoyed growing in the warmer seasons and which did well in the garden, look at the different areas of the garden that could use some TLC; consider planting locations and combinations for next spring into summer. 

Perhaps next spring you'd prefer to grow your own veg to cook for your family, grow flowers for friends, or create a space that encourages more wildlife and focuses on eco friendly practices. This can all be planned now so you can order your seeds and plugs in time for planting later. 



Mulching
Mulch is made from organic material such as bark, wood chippings or straw, is biodegradable and will improve your soil over time. Mulch has a multitude of uses from suppressing weed growth to ensuring valuable moisture is retained within the plant root zone while some help to deter pests.

Bark mulchBark mulch is the most popular method of biodegradable mulching.

Hardwood bark is best used in perennial beds and around shrubs and trees. While, Softwood bark is best used around larger trees and shrubs.

Straw mulch:
 Straw mulch is a great biodegradable alternative to bark mulch, has the additional benefit of being a slug and snail deterrent.

Mulch is best used as a dressing around plants and across beds at a rate of 2-3inches thick over moist, weeded soil that isn't frozen


Give the gift of gardening

Winter is upon us, which means Christmas isn't far behind! Whether you are looking for some seasonal products or looking for the perfect green-fingered gift; we can help you give the gift of gardening this Christmas. 

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