Prepare for the cold of winter – look after your garden and get it ready!
As winter draws nearer, the weather’s definitely getting colder (and wetter)!
So while we’re not spending as much time in the garden, it’s still good for us to get outside for the fresh air and exercise.
Whether you simply take a short stroll around your garden, go for a longer hike, wrap up warm and get out there to beat those Winter Blues!
And of course, there’s always something to keep you occupied in the garden!
Here are a few of our tips:
Keep it covered!
Protect the soil in empty vegetable patches or flower beds from losing valuable nutrients, by covering them with weed control fabric, plastic sheeting or flat cardboard boxes.
Add evergreen shrubs and winter-flowering plants. Winter pansies are great for this!
Look after the wildlife!
Food is scarce at this time of year for birds, hedgehogs and lots of other garden visitors.
Supply birds with fat balls, seeds and nuts.
Keep water fresh and check it daily to make sure it’s not frozen.
If you haven’t dead-headed seed heads yet – leave for insects to feed from and shelter in!
Make or buy a hedgehog house! Even a safe spot under the shed will do nicely for them to hibernate in. Fill with leaves to keep them warm.
Wrap plants that are vulnerable in cold weather in cloches, frost fleece or bubble wrap.
If you’re still using your greenhouse for growing, fix a layer of bubble wrap to the inside of your greenhouse to help keep plants warm.
In the heart of winter, it’s almost inevitable that paths and driveways will be icy and slippery. Something that can be really dangerous!
Slipping over on ice first thing in the morning isn’t the best start to the day, is it?! 🤦♂️
Luckily for you, we can help!
❄️ We supply De-icing Rock Salt in small and bulk bags. Perfect for keeping garden (and public) footpaths and driveways safe.
Why not club together with neighbours on a bulk bag of Rock Salt to spread the cost AND the safety?!
❄️ We also supply Filled Sand Bags. They are the most traditional form of flood defence for properties.
If your home or business is in a flood-risk area, stocking up on sandbags is a really good idea!
After all, as any good Boy Scout will tell you, it’s better to Be Prepared!