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How To Prepare Your Garden For Winter

How To Prepare Your Garden For Winter

With winter well on the way, it’s important to properly look after your garden during the colder months of the year.

While it’s common for gardens to become neglected during this time, without proper upkeep, your outdoor space will be more susceptible to damage, plants can die and the entire area can become a breeding ground for pests.

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With this in mind, it’s essential to have a thorough understanding of how you can prepare your garden for the winter months.

Here at Atlantes Landscapes, we’ve spent more than 30 years providing leading gardening and landscaping services to customers throughout Exeter, Tiverton, Newton Abbot, and across Devon. 

In this article, our expert team will provide some great tips on the best ways you can prepare your garden for winter.

Prepare Garden Equipment

While many people spend less time outdoors during the winter for understandable reasons, you should not neglect your gardening tasks. 

There is plenty you can do to prepare your garden for the winter months, so it’s important your equipment is up to scratch. Sharpen shears and secateurs, wash spades and forks and consider servicing your mower. This will ensure that you can carry out gardening tasks efficiently. 

Look After Your Lawn

Your garden’s lawn is usually the standout element of your outdoor space, so you want to keep it in the best shape possible. While the winter months can take a toll on your lawn, proper lawn care can minimise any damage. 

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The biggest risk to your lawn is flooding, which can then result in it becoming waterlogged. While year-round lawn cultivation is important, there are a few winter-specific things you can do to mitigate the issue. 

Remove any leaves, debris or moss that may have formed on the lawn. This will improve drainage and reduce the risk of standing water on your grass.

Also, consider raising your plant beds to give them additional protection.

Protect Your Plants

Your garden’s plants are more at risk during winter than any other season. 

This is because the plummeting temperatures and sometimes extreme conditions can cause all sorts of damage to plants, so looking after them during this time is an important part of winter garden maintenance.

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If you have any tender plants or are growing vegetables in your garden, you may want to consider a horticultural fleece that offers greater insulation. If you notice plants that are looking a bit flimsy or worse for wear, support them with wooden stakes to ensure any strong winds do not destroy them.

Finally, if you have potted plants outdoors that might not be able to handle the frost, consider bringing them indoors or storing them in garden shelters during particularly cold nights.

De-Weed The Garden

As every gardener will know, weeds can be extremely problematic if left unattended. The best way to stop weeds running wild in your garden over winter is to tackle them before the season arrives. 

Take some time to thoroughly de-weed your garden before winter, so that by the time spring rolls around once again, it is not a big problem.

Ensure you’re removing weeds directly from the root to stop them from simply growing back again. You can also use weed killer if you find it easier than pulling them out by hand.  

Maintain Driveways and Patios

It’s not just your gardens that require some TLC during the winter months.

In fact, you should pay attention to all of your home’s outdoor areas. 

This includes driveways and patios that can become icy, slippy and potentially dangerous during the winter. 

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With this in mind, we’d recommend pressure washing these areas as part of your winter preparation. This is because it’ll remove any stains or marks that could become even slippier with the addition of ice. 

You could also use de-icer on surfaces to try and prevent ice from forming. 

Decommissioning Irrigation Systems

Some gardens, particularly commercial gardens, may feature large-scale irrigation systems that keep lawns and plants well-watered and ensure they have the appropriate amount of water. 

During winter it is recommended that these systems are decommissioned. This can be done simply by switching off the garden tap or, for more complex systems, you may need a dedicated shut-off valve.  

Prepare Garden Water Features

It’s best to drain any water features you have in your garden during the winter months. This is because the water can freeze in the ornaments, causing the structure to crack or cause other damage. 

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With this in mind, we recommend draining the water from these features as it gets colder as well as switching off any pumps that are being used. Water fountains and birdbaths are the most common types of water features in your garden that will likely need to be looked after.  

If you’re based in Exeter, Tiverton, Newton Abbott or the surrounding areas, Atlantes Landscapes is here to help you keep your garden in the very best condition in winter and all year round. We offer leading garden maintenance services that include garden lighting maintenance, lawn care, hedge trimming and much more. To find out more about the garden servicing options we can provide, get in touch with our team today. 

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