Park Home Resident Magazine Christmas 2017 - Page 9



W
Winter
gardens
ith Christmas just around
the corner, it’s worth having a final tidy up of the
garden before hibernating away
and enjoying the festivities. Even
though your garden is never as appealing during the winter months
it is still much nicer to come home
to a tidy garden. And a little time
spent on simple maintenance jobs
now can make life easier for you
and your garden in the spring.
walking on a waterlogged lawn
causes damage too, so try to find
a balance that suits the conditions.
If your lawn is dry enough, rake
up the leaves which will remove
moss and improve the condition
of your lawn.
Tempting as it may be to dig
over your flower beds, treading
on waterlogged soil can do more
harm than good. Wet soil can get
compacted when trodden on or
worked and so it is better to wait
for a dry spell. If possible, stand
KEEP IT TIDY
on a board to prevent damage
to your lawn or border. If you do
decide to dig or fork your borders,
Try to keep leaves off your lawn as make sure you don’t damage any
they’ll quickly damage your grass
bulbs lurking under the surface
and can cause bald patches and
which are preparing themselves
fungus to build up. Equally, constant for spring.
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WIND & RAIN
Clear dead leaves, plants and
flowers to prevent pests and
mould becoming a problem next
season. Remember though that
some bugs are good for your
garden and the environment so try
to leave a small area for them to
hide until spring. A small log pile or
even a special “bug house” bought
from a garden centre placed in a
corner of your garden can offer a
home, to our rapidly-declining insect population which are vital for
pollenating next seasons flowers.
Most plants can cope with the
odd cold spell. However, if you
have a sensitive plant or plants in
containers it is worth protecting
them through a cold-snap. You can
go DIY with bubble-wrap, newspaper
and straw or visit your local garden
centre for horticultural fleece. Take
care when wrapping up plants so
as not to damage stems, shoots
and leaves and remember plants
in pots have vulnerable roots too,
keep these warm by moving pots
together, up against your home or
in extreme circumstances move
into a greenhouse, shed or garage.
SNUGGLE UP YOUR
FRAGILE PLANTS
Make sure that your plants are
staked or supported and tied in
several places to prevent damage
and breaks. Decorative feet for
pots make the pots look appealing
but also lift them up off the ground
to allow water to drain freely.
Roots will rot in water-logged pots
causing damage or even killing off
your plants. Cut back bushes and
trees if required so that branches
do not cause damage or break off,
harming the plant or surroundings.
plants to leave
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TIP
Don’t forget to order seeds
for plants that need to be
sown mid to late winter.
Written by Alan Cannon
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