Does your garden undergo a dramatic transformation from winter to spring? For most people, spring is spent getting the garden back into shape after a winter of neglect.
But what if things were different this year? You can spend time in the garden during the winter months to keep it in great shape, as well as find ways to enjoy it whatever the weather. A little winter gardening will really pay off, making your garden somewhere you can enjoy throughout the year.
Learn how not to neglect your garden this winter with the following tips.
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Keep on top of the mess
One of the first things you need to do with your garden is to stay on top of the mess. Your garden can fill with all kinds of debris, and weeds, as well as leaves, that can be difficult to clear if you leave them for too long. If you normally hate clearing up your garden mess, take a look at some tips for removing dead leaves from the lawn to help you out.
Get out in the garden regular to give it a clear-out, it will make things much easier for you once the weather starts warming up.
Carry out essential repairs
After using your garden a lot in the summer, there may be some elements of wear and tear. It’s a good idea to spend time checking out your garden for any signs of damage and making some repairs.
The winter months can be tough on your garden, and extreme weather can cause further damage to any weak spots. Check your fencing, gates and other areas to make sure everything is strong and solid for the winter.
Give your lawn the VIP treatment
One of the great things about winter is that you won’t need to spend your weekends mowing the lawn. Growth can slow right down, which can give you a much-needed break. But it’s also a great way to give your lawn a break too.
Using lawn treatments can help you feed your lawn, keep bugs at bay and help it stay healthy ready for the spring. Check out some winter lawn care tips to help you learn how to keep your garden in great shape in the winter. From aerating to adding some fertiliser, your lawn will be in the best shape possible by the time those warmer temperatures arrive.
Make it all-weather friendly
If you’re going to be putting in that hard work in the garden this winter, you should make the most of it. Lots of people found clever ways to use their garden in winter during lockdowns, etc. last year, and you could do the same to help you enjoy your outdoor living space, whatever the weather. Some great ideas for making your garden ready for winter entertaining include:
- Build a sheltered area that can help keep you warm and dry.
- A fire pit or patio heater makes a great addition to keep you toasty on those chilly nights.
- Swap your barbecue for a pizza oven and enjoy wood-fired pizzas.
- Get plenty of lighting to keep the area well-lit.
- Make some hot chocolate and make s’mores or toast some marshmallows for cosy winter vibes.
- Don’t forget plenty of blankets and wrap up warm to beat the cold.
Just because it’s cold outside, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your outdoor space in the winter.
Be a friend to the animals
It’s not just people who struggle with the cold, animals do too. From birds to squirrels, the winter months can make it a little harder for animals to find food. You can be a friend to the animals by putting some food out for them, as well as some water sources. You can make your garden more environmentally friendly as a way to support local wildlife, while also making it more appealing to friendly visitors.
While you’ll want to be a friend to the animals, you won’t want to be a friend to pests over the winter. If you notice signs of pests in your garden, contact a pest controller to get everything under control. You don’t want your hard work to be spoiled by garden pests!
Taking good care of your garden over the winter months is a great way to get out and enjoy some fresh air. Even if you don’t feel like it, you’ll feel much more lifted after you’ve been out there and put some work in. With a little effort, your garden will be in great shape by spring so that you can enjoy it straight away.