Just because we can’t soak in the sun any more all day, our garden should still be enjoyable. Even in the winter there is something to do outside, if nothing else, building a snowman. If you have a greenhouse, you will need to start moving your sensitive plants inside, so they will survive the severe weather. To make the most out of your autumn garden, get started with the transformation early.
Clean Up the Leaves and Dead Plants
If you would like to get started with the spring gardening tasks as soon as possible, you will need to get your garden ready. If there are any broken panels or dead plants, this will be the right time to get rid of them. You can check out Garden-R for some great winter and autumn cleanup tips and resources. Give your patio and paving stones a wash, so you can prevent stains.
Protect Your Outdoor Furniture
Once it is too cold to sit outside, it might be time to tend to your garden furniture and give them some TLC. Use a protective varnish to make sure that you prevent rotting, and give the metal fixtures a lick of paint. You might also want to move the chairs and tables indoors, so you don’t have to worry about the wind and weather damage.
Create a Windbreaker
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In case you would still like to spend the Indian summer outdoors, you will need a windbreaker or a garden screen, so you don’t feel cold. From bamboo screens to natural fencing, there are plenty of ways of creating a patio shelter so you can enjoy the warmth of the sun without the wind and rain.
Build a Conservatory
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You might also decide to create a conservatory for the house, so you can connect your indoors and your outdoors. If you are on a tight budget, you might even decide to construct a lean on garden house instead, as this costs much less, as you don’t need to pay for the footing and the brickwork. A conservatory is also a great place to store your plants safely away from the cold. A conservatory will allow you to enjoy your garden when it is simply too cold to go outside. Though during the winter your plants will get less sunlight, and this could be a problem because some plants require more light to stay healthy. You can always get additional artificial lights.
No matter if you are creating a patio shelter or a conservatory, you will need to get an effective and energy efficient heater. When you get your garden ready for the winter, you might be thinking about adding a solar panel or wind turbine that will help you heat your garden room on a budget. There are also some great halogen heaters that are great for late autumn garden parties.
Just because you can’t enjoy the pool and sunbathing in the winter, you can still take advantage of your garden. Make sure that you create a sheltered patio or a conservatory, protect your outdoor fixtures and your furniture, and you can make the most out of the winter sunshine and fill up on Vitamin D.