Now that winter has its icy grip firmly clasped around your garden, you may feel like there is not a lot that you can do until spring finally arrives once again. In fact, there is plenty that you can do to protect your outdoor space from the worst of the weather ahead and get an early start before the warmer months. So, in this article, we are going to be running through a list of just a few of the gardening tasks that you can do at this time of year.
Look After Your Lawn
Remove any weeds that are still blighting your lawn so that they don’t come back with a vengeance in the new year. Avoid walking on your lawn when it is covered in heavy frost or snow as this can cause damage to the grass underneath. If the winter is particularly mild, you can continue cutting the lawn if it is growing but you should raise the height of the mower blades.
Tuck in Your Entertainment Area
It is unlikely that you will be doing any outdoor entertaining for a little while yet, so you should move away any furniture can barbecues that can be better protected indoors. Give your patio or decking a final rinse with a pressure washer so that this is one less task you need to do in the new year. If you plan to have people over when the weather is still cold, take a look at this website for patio heater inspiration. This way, you will be all ready to entertain whenever you like.
Feed the Birds
If you want to do a kind act for the birds in your garden, they need fresh water and feeding at this time of the year as the short days only give them a limited amount of time for foraging. Clean and disinfect your bird feeders and tables so they are ready to go. You can then offer your local birdlife some treats in the form of berries, dried fruit, nuts and fresh apples.
Plant Some Berries
Nothing says winter more than some brightly coloured berries on a lush green bush. There are all sorts of options of ones which you can plant including holly, mistletoe and hawthorn. Once the berries have started to appear, you should find that birds make your garden their new favourite place to be!
Ensure Winter Survival of Your Favourite Plants
You can ensure the winter survival of certain plants by bringing them under glass and raising the container off the ground with bricks or feet. You can keep them extra warm by wrapping the container using something like bubble wrap or an old fleece. However, when the cold spell finishes, you need to remember to remove this or the plant will not get enough air circulation. Plants that have been covered for too long often get damp and rot.
There are a few tasks that you can be getting on with this winter, so now is the time to roll up your sleeves and get started!