Garden Design by Paul Slater
Garden Design by Paul Slater  

Top tips for your garden:

Top 10 things to do in your garden in Winter



The weather outside is frightful…… but there’s still work to be done.


Winter tends to be a time when we don’t think about our gardens much; there is much more fun to be had inside and recovering from the excesses of the Christmas season, including letting the bank balance recover! But there are some jobs that are best carried out at this time of year, and if we are honest, most of us could do with the fresh air! Now is also the perfect time to start planning any changes in the garden for spring.


  1. If you haven’t done so already due to mild weather -  tropical style plants need some protection from frosts and snow.  If you don’t have a glasshouse or can’t lift a plant indoors you can wrap the plant in a horticultural fleece or hessian sack stuffed with straw. Do not use plastic to wrap a plant as it may harbour harmful bacteria, restricts airflow and may rot the plant.


  1. Most plants are dormant now so they can be moved to better positions if required.  Trees and shrubs can also be planted now, as long as the ground isn’t frozen.


  1. Deciduous ornamental plants and fruit trees have shed their leaves so now is a perfect time to remove tired or overgrown branches to revitalise the plant for the coming year. In fact, most trees can be reshaped now.  Pass the cuttings through a garden shredder and use as mulch or add to the compost heap.


  1. Lawns can be repaired in good weather and ornamental vines and grapevines can be pruned until January.  


  1. Dig over any bare soil and add lots of organic matter (well rotted compost) to clay based soils.   


  1. Make sure birds have food and water.


  1. If it does snow, brush off heavily laden branches of trees, shrubs and hedges to avoid damage – this is particularly good advice for topiary!


  1. If you haven’t already done so, aerate lawns with a garden But keep of lawns when they are frozen!


  1. Now is also the perfect time to get any garden machinery serviced and maintained.


My ‘Garden Doctor’ service is really popular now giving clear, independent professional advice on all those gardening conundrums. Contact me if you think you need advice.



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