26 Jun: Protecting Your Garden in Winter

As the cold sets in, it is important that you take steps to protect your garden from the chilly weather outside.

Pruning: ensure that you prune your plants by taking off the dead branches. Don’t be scared to cut at least 2/3 of your rose bushes away. This will allow for healthy growth in the summer months. Cut all the smaller dead branches away leaving only the healthy stems and ensure that you make the cut at a 45-degree angle for a healthier plant.

Lawn Care: Ensure that you aerate the soil by “spiking” the soil. You can do this with a large garden fork and add a root stimulating fertilizer to feed the roots. Prevent cutting your lawn too short as this could result in disease.

Mulch: By adding mulch to your garden, you will be able to keep the garden beds warm, protecting plant roots. You can collect and re-purpose plant clippings and leaves to make your own mulch.

Protecting plants from frost: Using materials, such as hessian, newspaper or tarps, create a small tent over each plant. Cover your plants at night, and uncover them again on the morning in order to allow the plant to breathe and absorb the much needed winter sun.

By taking the necessary steps you are well on your way to a beautiful garden when the weather changes.