How To Prepare Your Garden For Winter

Do you know how to prepare your garden for winter? With winter just around the corner there is no better time than the present to start your garden preparations. Although we rarely use our gardens in winter, we need to keep them well maintained and in tip top condition for the summer months. Below are some great ways you can battle the wrath of winter and save your garden.

Tidy up time:

No one likes to tidy up whether it is in the home or garden, sadly it has to be done. Giving your garden a good tidy up can be a very efficient way of protecting it this winter. Any Garden furniture should be covered up or moved into a dry place such as a shed or garage.  Dig up and dispose of any plants that flourished in summer but are now past their best. Many gardeners advice you don’t leave your garden too spotless. Gardens can benefit from having a layer of leaf litter and foliage to act as a kind of duvet which protects them from frost & snow. Plus the little creatures roaming your garden will love having a place to hide!


Prepare your garden for winter by loving your lawn:  

A lawn is something that is the pride and joy for many gardeners and also a constant topic for debate. Start by raking away any leaves or debris that may have formed on top of the grass. It is advised to improve drainage by using a fork. Push the fork into the ground and wriggle backwards and forwards to make air channels. Repeat this process every 5 inches across the lawn. Last, but no means least, give your lawn some food. Use an autumn lawn fertiliser which will help develop strong roots and produce healthy leaves.

Prepare your garden for winter by planting away:

Now is the perfect time to start planting your shrubs for the next spring and summer, Viburnum & Olearia are popular choices. Planting them now allows strong roots to develop before spring, giving them a good head start. Dust off the plant pots and start preparing your spring bulbs. Bulbs such as Daffodils & Tulips should be planted by the end of November in plastic pots for easy manoeuvrability.

Prepare your garden for winter by checking your decking:

With decking growing in popularity the chances are you may have some in your garden. Like with any wood left in the garden, it is open to the elements, so it has to be protected. One great way of doing this is by sweeping away any mould & debris that may have formed. Mix bleach and water according to the ratio on the back of the bottle and scrub into the deck. Leave for 15 minutes and wash away with a hose pipe or pressure washer. It is then advised to apply a coat of Ronseal’s decking stain in order to provide extra protection and weather resistance.     

Give wildlife a helping hand throughout winter

We can turn on the fire and sit back and relax with a nice hot drink in the cold winter months, sadly wildlife don’t have access to a kettle. All wildlife are very important to our garden, we therefore need to look after them. Fill up the bird feeders, put out logs for frogs, toads, and even the endangered stag beetle to hide. With Bonfire night just around the corner on the 5th of November it is important to be vigilant, not only with your fire safety but also with your wildlife. When preparing your fire, collect the debris at the last minute as this is a popular hiding place for hedgehogs. Remember hedgehogs are a gardener’s best friend as they like a slug or two!

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17 Responses to How To Prepare Your Garden For Winter

  1. Antoinette March 30, 2014 at 1:17 am #

    Now I know! Thanks for this wonderful post and it will and definitely help me on my winter delimma 😀

  2. Arun Chandra Das January 6, 2014 at 10:14 am #

    Gardening is my favorite hobby. From your article of preparing garden for winter are great. Its true that planting seasonal flower in garden are best. Anyway thanks a lot..
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  3. Fat Loss Fctor
    December 18, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

    you can use also some winter garden curtains to make the gardens beautiful. by the way, great article. thanks and best regards…
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  4. Reach Beyond Limits December 11, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    These are great tips, Anne!

    I usually kept a layer of leaf and debris on top of the garden and the lawn area as the weather sometimes didn’t allow for clean up!
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    • Anne December 11, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

      HI Icy. Yes, I’ve heard of this too. We recently cleaned up the leaves last week-end. We left some by the shed in the back for the animals.

  5. Rey November 13, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    Hi Anne, that was a very noble idea to help wildlife in winters. I have always felt bad for the poor animals freezing out there in the cold weather. I would definitely do it this time, hopefully it will help some animals find shelter from the biting cold. Thanks a lot for sharing the idea.
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    • Anne November 13, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

      Definitely, Rey. I’m aware that animals don’t feel the cold in the same way we do (because we have no fur or winter down). However, it’s still nice to give them a helping hand where food is concerned because there’s hardly anything out there for them to eat when the trees are bare. I have a holly tree in my garden and it provides shelter and food all during winter for the birds we encourage to stop by.

  6. salim akter November 13, 2013 at 6:44 am #

    Many people take gardening is a hobby . Winter is enemy of gardening for this enemy we have to take proper step. In this post you have showed a amazing tips for gardening in winter. Thank you for this post.

  7. winter garden curtain November 4, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    you can use also some winter garden curtains to make the gardens beatiful. by the way, great article. thanks and best regards…

    • Anne November 13, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

      I’ve never tried this. I think my garden would be too small for curtains, but I’m sure it looks great.

  8. Paul November 1, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    Hi Anne, I personally love winter the most. But I start feeling bad thinking about the animals outside who don’t have any shelter to save themselves from the brunt of the winter season. It is really human to think of everything around you.

    • Anne November 4, 2013 at 9:50 pm #

      Hi Paul, I don’t particularly like winter myself. I hate the cold. However, I think the animals outside are well provided for. They have warm fur and make their homes comfortable for the winter season. They can take care of themselves. Those who don’t like the cold migrate to warmer climates.

  9. Rebecca Gipson
    October 31, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    Sitting back, relaxing near the fire and having a hot cocoa is what I’m going to do!! And thanks for the tips, it’s great!

    • Anne November 4, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

      That’s what I’m going to do too, Rebecca.

  10. Self Sagacity October 25, 2013 at 4:32 am #

    Great tips. I really never get ready for winter, but I should. This is a great list for me, thanks!
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    • Anne October 25, 2013 at 8:06 am #

      Thanks for stopping by, Amanda. And yes, indeed, it’s that time of year already! I covered my garden furniture yesterday and put away my clothes pegs. I’m not going to be hanging anything on the line outside from now on.


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