The South West London Gardener

7 Tips on How to Prepare Your Garden for Winter

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There is a chill in the air, nights are getting longer, and the supermarkets are beginning to fill up with Santa Claus, advent calendars, and frozen turkeys.

This can only mean one thing.

winter is on the horizon.

As we get through the halfway point in autumn, it is time to start thinking about getting your garden prepared for winter.

The team at the Southwest London Gardener are experts in garden maintenance, and that’s why we’ve come up with these seven top tips on tidying your garden and getting ready for winter.

Let’s take a look.

Clean up Dead Plants and Leaves

If you own a garden, you will know that when the windy weather comes, it means that you will find you have plenty of new green visitors on your land and result in an abundance of garden waste.

Leaves that are dying fall easily from trees and are carried on the wind so even if you don’t have nearby trees, you’re sure to find some in your garden.

These get everywhere, so it’s a good idea to head out with your rake and clean your patios, lawn, and any other area that may be covered.

Doing this now gives you a clean slate for the winter and means you won’t be faced with a huge job when the weather gets worse.

At this time, many plants may be coming to the end of their life, so have a wander round and check for anything that is showing signs of withering or needs removing as it is dead.

Use and Restore Your Compost and Mulch

Tidying up your garden means you will be inundated with garden waste.

Twigs and leaves that have snapped off in the ever-growing winds and plants that are now dead all make for great additions to a compost bin that, when insulated, can get itself ready for being added to the garden in the coming year.

Adding things such as compost and mulch to your soil before winter is a great idea as you get a substance that will add nutrients to the soil throughout and be ready in spring to help boost your plants and create the perfect growing environment.

A layer of mulch also adds some insulation to your plants and bulbs that are planted throughout winter, and will help to keep them healthy through the frosty nights.

Have a Garden Review

This is a great time of the month to look back over the summer and see what went right, and what went wrong.

Did some plants not grow as well as you would have liked due to been in the wrong place? Was the planting bed overcrowded?

If so, now is the time to make the changes that will lead to a healthier grow in the following year.

As the weather gets colder and there is less sunlight, you may find in this time there aren’t quite so many jobs to keep you occupied.

When the winter comes round, you will have even more time on your hands, so try and spend the months leading up to it thinking about changes you can make to your garden. Maybe even write a to-do list for the winter that you can tick off when done.

Spending the time to do this now will benefit you, and your garden, further down the line.

Have a Check Over Your Garden Structures

Many people have structures in their garden. Things like garden rooms are growing in popularity, but most gardens also have planting beds, sheds, and fences.

When shrubberies and trees are in full bloom, it can be hard to access some of the areas you need to get a really good look at the state of your structures.

When you have cut back your annual plants and removed dead ones you will find the access, and visibility, to all of your structures is much clearer so have a good look around and try and spot any issues.

If you have a place where your fence is wonky, for example, this may struggle when the winds pick up and lead to a much bigger issue if it falls down.

Fixing this now and ensuring all structures are sturdy and looking healthy is a great way to keep your garden in a good shape throughout winter.

Plant Your Spring Bulbs

At this time of year, it may seem like the last thing you should be doing is planting more bulbs in the ground.

If you think this though, you’re missing out on some of the perfect months to make sure your garden bursts into life come the Spring.

Some beautiful, vibrant flowers and plants such as daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths should be planted in the time period between October and December to ensure they come to life in the following Spring.

Try and plant them in a spot which may get a bit of sunshine and keep the soil well-watered (not that you may need to be out with your watering can too much in the Great British winter).

These can be planted right up to December, but the reason I am containing them in a blog about preparing for winter is that they have the best chance of growing fully when planting before the soil gets too frosty.

This means the earlier you can get them in the better, so if you’re reading this and thinking what the perfect time is, then it is now!

Keep Your Lawn Clean

Winter can be hard on a lawn.

In the months leading up to it, it is vital you prepare your lawn for what is to come.

While the nutrients and warmth needed for a lawn to grow are gone by this time, your lawn may require one final cut. Remember to not cut the lawn too low but keep it low enough for sun to be able to reach the ground it is growing from.

This is a great time to get out your springtine rake and scoop up them pesky leaves, and also to get out your fork and aerate your lawn to help with drainage.

At this time, if the rainfall is heavy, you may find moss on your lawn. It is a good idea to remove this as well, which can be done with a rake.

If you are noticing some patches growing in your grass or want to give your lawn the boost it needs to get through the winter, then don’t be afraid to spread some seed around in the months leading up to winter.

Give Your Equipment a Check

Your trowel, lawnmower, shovels, and spades go through a lot during the summer months.

Regular trimming of your grass and cultivating of your soil can keep you busy, but when you get to the months leading up to winter, you may find less time has to be spent on these tasks.

If you do find yourself with a spare hour, this is a good time to check on your equipment.

Was there a loose screw in the bottom of your shovel that was making things wonky. Do you think your lawnmower was losing power?

Now is the perfect time to invest into new equipment or spend some time fixing your current items. Servicing your lawnmower is also a great idea to make sure you’re ready for the coming year.

When the weather gets wet and windy, you need to find a good, safe place to store your tools.

Giving the shed or greenhouse a good clean can provide you with a dry place to store your tools so they don’t get damaged throughout winter.

Let the Southwest London Gardener Prepare your Garden for Winter

If your garden is feeling the effects of autumn or is starting to look overgrown with green waste and other bits, then maybe it’s time to seek help.

Our team contains experts in garden maintenance, and we can get your garden winter-ready by removing garden waste, trimming back bushes, planting new bulbs, and more.

If you want to speak about your garden, and want a free, no-obligation quote, then get in touch with us today.

We look forward to hearing from you.