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How to care for your winter garden

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Zara, Staff Writer

Tuesday, 8th June 2021

Winter is a difficult time for your garden, with many plants laying dormant and much of your usual garden wildlife in hibernation. However, there are a few things that you can do to care for your garden through the winter to give it the best chance possible of blooming again in spring.

Should you cover your garden in winter?

Cold and icy winters can be damaging to certain types of trees, shrubs and plants. However, there are a few things that you can do to protect your plants through the winter.

Tender plants will need to be protected from even the mildest of winters. However, if you’re expecting extremely cold weather, even your hardier plants may require some protection from the elements.

You can protect your plants from cold and wet weather by wrapping them in horticultural fleece. For plants in containers, consider moving them into dry and sheltered areas to protect them from extreme weather. You can also help to prevent the roots from freezing by wrapping them in bubble wrap or straw.

Protecting your most vulnerable plants over winter will give your garden the best chance of recovering in spring.  

When to water your garden in winter

The majority of plants require more water during hotter and drier months and less water during cold and wet months. However, if you live in an area that isn’t prone to heavy rain or snow and is subject to drying winds, you may need to water your garden during the winter.

If you need to water your garden, you should only do so when the soil is dry to the touch, the temperature is above freezing and the wind isn’t blowing. Try to water only the roots of the plant, avoiding any leaves or stems wherever possible.

Winter Gardening jobs

There are a few garden tasks that are ideal for completing during the winter months.

Deciduous trees, fruit trees and roses should always be pruned during the winter months. It’s far easier to see the overall shape of your tree when the leaves have fallen and will help to encourage growth when spring comes around.  

It’s important to consider wildlife during the winter months. Animals such as birds find it more difficult to find food during winter, so consider keeping your bird feeders well stocked and breaking the ice on ponds through the winter. You could also consider building a bug hotel to help insects through the cold months.

Flowers for winter garden

Winter flowers that are ideal for brightening up your garden in the cool winter months include:

  • Geranium

  • Delphinium

  • Violas

  • Lavender

  • Foxglove

  • Pansy

  • Lilly of the valley

  • Snowdrops

Vegetables for winter garden

There are many types of vegetable which don’t stop for winter. Winter vegetables that you’ll need to harvest over the cooler months include:

  • Brussels sprouts

  • Parsnips

  • Winter cabbages

  • Leeks

  • Kale

There are also a few types of vegetable that can be planted during the winter months. These winter vegetables include:

  • Raspberries

  • Rhubarb

  • Garlic

  • Fruit bushes

Hire a Gardener

Caring for your garden through winter will give it the best chance of flourishing again in spring. If you want to make sure that your garden is being well-cared for through the winter months, it’s worth hiring a gardener. They can make sure that your plants are well protected from the elements and that the right trees are pruned. They’ll also be able to suggest the best plants to add colour to your garden through the winter.

If you’re ready to hire a Gardener to protect your garden through winter, you can hire a Gardener on Bark. 

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