To December is approaching. Most of us believe winter is a quiet time in the garden with little going on and not much to do, and sometimes it is that way. But there are a few jobs you can do to keep yourself busy and the garden well looked after...
Plants that are grown in pots become very vulnerable during the winter, as they are at great risk from becoming waterlogged. If they're left to their own devices, the plant ends up getting too much rain water, causing the roots to rot. This will then end up killing the plant off completely.
With that being said, the best way to avoid any of this is by raising them up onto bricks or pot feet to enable any excess water to drain away.
On the other hand, when it's very dry and windy, the compost in your potted plants will begin to dry up. It's important you ensure the plants are getting enough water and nutrients to keep them healthy and strong throughout the harsh winter season.
Beds and borders
To care for your beds and borders, there's a few jobs that you can do:
- Get rid of any weeds at the bottom of shrubs/trees etc.- you can do this by hoeing.
- Plant some gorgeous winter flowering plants to fill in your bare winter garden beds.
- Ensure you control any noticeable leaf spot with the right fungicide.
- Any Alpine plants need all the light they can get (especially during the winter), so it's important you remove any fallen leaves etc., that may be covering their foliage.
Trees & shrubs
For your trees and shrubs, ensure you cut away any dead stems and tie in stray branches- you don't want anything getting pulled off by the high winds!
As well as this, you must remove diseased, dying, or dead branches from any of your deciduous plants. This will ensure the plant is able to grow back new, healthy growth in the next spring.
That's about it for winter! Of course, you can still plant bare roots and pot grown plants- you just have to be cautious of the weather conditions and how much you need to water etc. to give the plant its best chance at success.