How To Prevent Winter Damage In Your Garden

There’s certainly no denying that winter is well on the way now and there’s a distinct chill in the air – so it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to protect your garden over the next few months to ensure that it’s ripe and ready for the springtime flourish.

Wet and windy weather can cause serious damage if you’re not careful, as can freezing temperatures, but there’s a lot you can do to help look after your garden and keep it in fine fettle at this time of year.

Covering your soil can help protect it during the winter, especially if you have a vegetable path. If you don’t cover the soil with something like green manure, you run the risk of nutrient depletion, so perhaps consider this if you’re worried about your plants.

Mulching is also an option to help protect your soil and prevent both erosion and compaction, which can easily happen after seriously heavy rainfall – and we’ve seen some incredibly wet conditions over the last few days, so this could be a great decision right now.

Those of you with container gardens can help them survive the winter by grouping them together somewhere sheltered, as well as wrapping the pots themselves in bubble wrap or some straw for added insulation.

Elsewhere, check that your fences, posts, shed roofs and so on are in good condition and no repair work is necessary. And make sure that your garden’s drainage is effective, so that the soil doesn’t get too wet – which can result in young trees being uprooted in windy conditions.

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