Leaves are falling rapidly, and wind and rain are on the increase. Tender plants will need protecting from frost, gales and freezing rains. Move plants into the greenhouse, or into a sheltered spot, but if you can’t, it is worth wrapping plants or pots. Remember winter can be a tough time for birds in terms of water and food, …
Looking after your lawn
Avoid walking on your lawn when it is blanketed by heavy frost or snow, as this will damage the grass beneath.
Brush heavy snow off hedges and conifers
Brush heavy snow of off hedges and conifers to prevent the branches from snapping out under its weight.
Shred your Christmas tree and add it to compost bins. Alternatively the stripped down branches make great pea sticks.
Hang fat balls and keep bird feeders topped up to attract birds, who will in turn eat pests in your garden.
Get rid of slimy patches on the patio, and paving by scrubbing with a broom or blasting with a pressure washer.
Wash empty pots by scrubbing them with hot water and a mild detergent. Rinse them well afterwards.
Consider purchasing water butts now ready for the summer. Rainwater is particularly useful for watering acid-loving, ericaceous plants (tap water is often slightly alkaline).
Continue planting trees and shrubs while they are still dormant.
If all you can see from your windows are unattractive sheds, composting areas and bins this winter, think about using evergreen climbing plants like Clematis Winter Beauty or Clematis Armandii as a screen, or just to add winter interest.
Keep an eye on fruits and vegetables in storage and remove any that are diseased.
Check Dahlia tubers in storage and remove any that are showing signs of rotting.
Remember Spring is coming soon, be prepared and order your new turf, topsoil, aggregates, bark and mulch all here at Mitchell Turf!