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Tips On Garden Maintenance During The Colder Months

Now that the days are getting shorter and the leaves are starting to fall from the trees, having an autumn clean and tidy-up of your garden is a good idea. But you don’t need to think about completely closing your garden down for the winter because there is still plenty of gardening jobs you can do during the colder months.

Winter is a great time to examine the health of your garden plants after the greenery has dropped off or died back. You can get a better view of any diseased or damaged plants that you can remove without disrupting the growth of nearby plants.

The colder months are a great time to cut back wayward brambles or overgrown ivy that may be encroaching on your garden space.

Winter pruning

It is safe to do a lot of pruning and cutting back during winter because you won’t be disturbing nesting birds, which are protected by law in the UK. While it may be frustrating to see overgrown plants in your garden, you cannot disturb wild bird nests between 1st March and 31st July. So leave the pruning back of woody plants until winter to help protect the birds.

It can be helpful to prune back plants during winter to save yourself a lot of time in the spring. Many people hire a gardener to do a bit of spring cleaning and tidying up, but they may have too much on their plate if your garden has been neglected since the end of the previous summer.

By doing a bit of plant reconditioning, flower bed clearing and soil preparation over the autumn and winter, you can get ahead of your spring planting schedule and make the job much easier.

Timing your garden maintenance

Depending on what mix of plants, shrubs and trees you have in your garden, they will have different needs at different times of the year. For example, some plants will need pruning in late autumn or early winter to help prevent wind damage.

Fast-growing plants benefit from being cut back to help reduce stress while they are dormant. It is also easier to prune during the winter after all the leaves have dropped from your plants.

You don’t need to be in a rush to prune or cut back on your plants if they are still in flower or looking good. It is OK to wait until they don’t look their best before giving them a good haircut. This means you can spread your pruning out over the winter instead of feeling pressured to do everything at once.

Winter flowering plants that produce blooms on old growth will need to be pruned soon after flowering has gone over. This will help to prevent disease and helps the plant to put energy into producing new shoots in the spring. South West London Gardener can help you plant source for your winter garden.

Tidying up after storms

Stormy weather and strong winds can cause havoc in your garden. Cleaning up leaves and debris after a storm will help keep your paths slip-free and help reduce the spread of plant diseases.

Clearing away storm debris will also help to keep weed growth down. Decomposing plant matter sitting around your patio or other hardstandings can provide plenty of nutrients for weeds to self-seed and take hold.

Winter is a great time to prepare the soil for new planting. Breaking up the soil and leaving it in clumps will expose it to rain and frost, naturally breaking down the dirt and killing hidden pests.

So you see, there is plenty to do in a winter garden and there is no need to rush to get all these jobs done!

If you’re struggling with garden maintenance, why not get in touch with the team at The Southwest London Gardener today to see what we can do for you.