Winter is the ideal time for domestic garden maintenance chores to be done in preparation for Spring.
All your hedges need regular trimming and pruning. Hedge regeneration involves either trimming the old stems and/or pruning back all branches to help and encourage fresh shoots in early spring. How much you prune will depend on how it has been trimmed in the past
Now that the leaves are on the floor, it is the perfect time to remove unwanted growth and plants or even have a big garden makeover. There is less greenage to get rid of and you can see what you are cutting.
If you garden has an Ivy or brambles problem, Winter can be a great time to remove them as they are easier to locateamong branches that have lost their leaves.
Winter pruning more often than not includes plants that need to be pruned very late in the autumn, during winter and some very early in spring. Trees, shrubs and the many myriad of plants all have different needs and at different times of the year:
Winter pruning often involves and therefore takes longerbecause of woody growth and often results in large amounts of waste. However, by doing these more work intensive tasks in winter, your can concentrate on low levelregular garden maintenance during the growing season.
Your garden will need to have the leaves cleared during winter. Good garden upkeep also helps to reduce diseases. Rotting leaves and other debris can supply enough nutrients for weeds to self seed in cracks, grow and then spread. They can also lead to slippery paths
Weeds will can and will continue to grow especially during mild winters. You need to keep borders weed-free during winter mainly, because when your spring flowering bulbs and border plants start to flower, the borders will be much more difficult (more time consuming) to weed. Also, people don’t realize that many weeds are seasonal. Weeds grow more weeds. Regular weeding means less weeding.
Many plants are dormant during the winter months so they can be supplied as bare root plants (with no soil). Roses canoften bought this way. If you make sure that the soil is not frozen or waterlogged, these so called dormant plants can be planted before the spring.
Lawn seed can be put down in the winter. Grass grows above 5 degrees
Winter is a great time to dig and build a new border. Leave the soil in clumpy if you can because The cold winter rain and frost will help to break it down. This can also expose any pests to natural predators and the inclement weather.
Tending vegetable plots or creating new ones in the above manner can also be done during winter.
If you have a bumpy lawn then winter is a good time to remove sections of turf, add/remove soil and flatten it out
Now that you can see your garden in its bare bones, what needs repairing? Good to plan ahead, what plants will need supporting as they grow? Add them now.
Leaky shed roofs, compost bins, blown down fences , loose paving all need to repaired now to save time in Spring summer when you should be enjoying your garden
Greenscapes Gardening can help maintain your domestic garden so you can spend more time enjoying the space rather than trying to do it all yourself. We can help make you time rich instead of time poor
Greenscapes are a Cheshire based garden maintenanace and landscaping company, that covers all South Manchester and surrounding areas.