The winter gardening mistakes to avoid

Posted on: 23 November 2017 by 50connect editorial

Keep your garden tidy throughout winter with these simple top tips that will have your pots blooming come spring.

Forgetting to cut the lawn, letting leaves build up and not protecting pots are among the nine most common gardening mistakes Brits make in the chilly months.

Listed among them are forgetting to plant Spring bulbs, failing to net the pond and not giving the grass it’s last cut before it becomes too wet.

Other mistakes include not clearing up falling leaves, packing away or protecting garden furniture and forgetting to do the big winter garden clear out. 

Here are the top mistakes and how to avoid them.

Forgetting to net the pond

If you are fortunate enough to have a pond, cover it with a net. Forget and you’ll be fishing out soggy plants all winter.

Not planting spring bulbs

If you like the sight of daffodils and tulips in the spring then remember to plant them.

Not doing a big clear and clean out

Just as you would spring clean your house, don’t forget to autumn clean your garden. Cut back plants and clear out the shed and greenhouse before you store everything for winter.

It is also a good time to pressure wash the patio or scrub down the decking. This will stop excessive dirt and grime build up occurring over the wet winter months.

Forgetting to cut the lawn

Remember your lawn needs a good cut before the really cold and wet weather sets in. If you let the grass get too long, it will be near impossible to cut it over the winter. 

Letting leaves build up

Leaves are public enemy number one so don’t let them build up. If you do, they’ll turn to mulch and will become slippery and dangerous.

Not protecting your pots

Store both your empty and in-use pots correctly over the winter months. Insulate with either hay, cardboard or bubble wrap and make sure you raise all in-use pots off the ground to prevent them from getting waterlogged during rainy weather.

Failing to protect certain plants

The first frost of the year can arrive without any warning and can kill your favourite foliage. If you have any plants you know are susceptible to cold weather, get them in the greenhouse or in your conservatory.

Clearing away garden items

Don’t forget to pack away any garden items that may get damaged by the cold weather. If your furniture or BBQ won’t fit in the shed, make sure it’s covered up.

Forgetting the wildlife

Don’t forget about any wildlife that visits your garden. Make sure you leave out seeds for the birds and any suitable leftovers.

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