There is a big misconception that gardening grinds to a holt during the winter season, however there is a lot that can still be done to tend to your garden even when the temperatures reach single digits. After all, some of the most exquisite gardens and flower arrangements are the product of TLC throughout the entire year. Read on as we go over the top tips to keep in mind this winter…
- Remember to use mulch
Mulch is a layer of material that is placed on top of soil in order to protect it, and it can be essential throughout the winter season. This is because it helps conserve moisture, ensures that the soil remains fertile and reduces the likelihood of weeds growing in the area once the spring season hits. By covering your soil with mulch during winter, you will give it the best possible start once the temperature begins to rise.
- Protect your plants
In the UK, the ground can become quite solid due to the freezing temperatures which means that winter gardening is all about preservation rather than nurturing new plants. As well as using mulch to protect your soil, it may be beneficial to take more vulnerable potted plants indoors or store them inside a greenhouse. This way the cold winter temperatures aren’t able to do as much damage.
- Watch out for frost
Although light frost won’t cause any lasting damage to your plants, hard frost can be devasting to the root systems located deep within the ground. After all, these draw up moisture from the soil and deep frost can cause this moisture to freeze. The plants will then become dehydrated and the cell wall may become damaged as a result. Furthermore, if the cell wall then defrosts too quickly it could actually inadvertently kill the leaves and stem. Winter plant covers made from fleecing or netting can reduce the risk of deep frost setting in.
Gardeners who put in the effort throughout winter often see their hard work pay off during the spring and this is because the soil will be incredibly fertile and ready for immediate planting due to the protection and preservation it has received. To find out more information about winter gardening, get in contact with a member of The Home and Gardens team today!