Where did summer go? No really – where did it go? We can’t believe that September is just around the corner, which means the days will be getting shorter and the vibrant colours in your garden will slowly start to fade away.
We don’t want all the hard work you’ve put into over summer to be wasted and we are sure you won’t want that to happen either. So here we are going to show you the things that you can do to protect your treasured garden from the harsh winter weather.
· Protective coverings
As soon as you spot the first signs of frost, which can be as early as mid-late September, you must act fast. This applies to tender plants around your garden, as well as hardier ones in more exposed areas. An easy way to do this is through the process of fleecing. Protect your flowerbeds and perennial plants by opting for wood chippings.
· Sheltering your soil
Sowing green manure in September is a must. This helps to protect exposed soil, such as your vegetable patch, which is prone to leaching nutrients throughout winter.
Mulching is another option to help protect exposed soil. Using an organic material is advised, as it releases well-needed nutrients into the soil and helps to prevent soil erosion and compaction after rainy, winter days. The best mulching materials include chipped bark, garden compost and straw.
· Pick your spots wisely
Your garden will have warmer spots in the south side of garden and colder and wetter spots on the north side of your house. You need to choose carefully where you position plants such as magnolias. If the buds are exposed to the intense morning sun, they can blacken and drop as a result of thawing.
· Guard your garden furniture
Garden furniture doesn’t come cheap so don’t forget to protect these as well as your plants and shrubs. Metal is prone to rusting so ensure that things like BBQ’s are covered and packed away nicely in a damp-free garage or shed.
We would advise cleaning and treating all wooden furniture before winter arrives using protective oil. Ensure you carry this out on a dry, warm day and follow instructions carefully.
If you have limited space in your garage or shed, make sure you invest in a durable, weather-resistant cover.
· Net ponds and water features
You’ve tried hard all summer to keep away the dreaded algae and now it’s time to protect it from autumn leaf fall. Decaying leaves not only look unattractive but they also release gases that can be harmful to fish and other creature. These gases can also encourage algae growth.
Look around and take note of the size of the leaves that could possibly find their way into your pond. Following this, ensure that you choose an appropriately sized net.
Although you’ll have still have work to do once spring arrives, taking these early autumn steps should help reduce the amount of work you will have!