Winter Gardening JobsPublished Thursday 20th December 2018
Here are our gardening tips for winter!
Protecting your soil
The best way to protect your soil during the winter months is to avoid walking on it (when possible) or to tread lightly!
Winter is a great time to remove any fallen branches or general debris from beds, lawns and paths. By the end of February, the majority of perennial borders and grasses are able to be cut back completely. Don’t forget to dispose of unwanted shrubs and create space ready for the next season!
Now is the perfect time to repair any gardening equipment, including clothing. You may need to repair, clean or purchase new gardening clothes. Tools may also need to be sharpened. Blunt tools are no good and will only make your work more difficult. They will also need to be cleaned and oiled as this helps to prevent spreading disease. Ensure your lawn mower is also serviced and ready for use next year.
This time of the year you’re still able to plant bare-rooted stock, including hedges and roses. If the soil is sticky or frosted, they can be heeled in.
Apple trees and particularly those grown in the grass will especially feel the benefits of a winter feed. Look for a potassium-rich general fertiliser.