Garden Ideas for Winter

11/01/2018

Winter is the time of year that our thoughts turn indoors to warm fires, getting cosy on the sofa, and hot drinks. We think so much of being inside that you can forgive those who end up forgetting about their garden.

Although many people usually spend time in their garden during warmer months, there are still many things you can do during the winter too. Whether you’re looking for garden decoration ideas, or need help with colder weather maintenance, we’ve gathered together a few garden ideas for winter.

Plan for spring

If you’re not keen on doing any outdoor work just yet, now is the perfect time to start planning for spring.

A brilliant way to go about this is to put pen to paper. If you want to start designing a new layout, or where you want certain plants to go, draw out an aerial view of your garden to play around with designs and placements.

Coming up with a timeline of when specific tasks should be done will help you keep on top of everything, especially if you’re planning on planting vegetables. You won’t want to miss optimum planting times for the best growth, so a timeline for when you need to do jobs like soil preparation will make sure you’re ready.

Look after your lawn

There has been a massive increase in homeowners in our area switching to artificial grass. If you’re one of those people, you don’t need to worry much about your lawn during the winter.

However, if you are sticking to natural grass in your garden, there is a little bit of maintenance to be done during the winter.

The easiest thing you can do is simply keep off the grass. Over the winter your lawn goes dormant, and growth slows down to a minimal rate. This means that it will struggle to recover from any damage caused by footfall, increasing the risk of dead patches.

If you’re willing to put in a bit more work, aerating your lawn is a brilliant way to keep it healthy. You can do it with a particular machine, but a garden fork will also do the job. Merely pierce holes at even intervals across your lawn, no more than a few inches deep.

Doing this allows water, air, and nutrients to get down to the grassroots, producing a much healthier lawn when the growing season starts again.

Aerating only needs to be done one or two times a year, so once you’ve done it, you don’t have to worry about doing it again for a good few months.

Planting time, all the time

Contrary to popular belief, winter can be a great time to get planting as long as the soil hasn’t frozen. If it has, you’ll have a hard time of digging it in preparation for new plants.

Vegetable gardening isn’t just for spring to autumn, as you can grow many types of vegetables in colder conditions such as garlic, onions, and spinach.

If you are concerned about planting in frozen, compacted soil, then building your own raised garden beds will be an ideal solution. As you choose the type of soil you fill the beds with, you can make sure to use one that provides perfect growing conditions.

If keeping a vegetable garden isn’t the direction you want to go in, you can instead consider planting some of the many varieties of shrubs, bushes, and trees that put on winter displays.

Gardens can turn a sad shade of brown when the cold sets in, making them feel lifeless. However, there are many types of plants and trees that you can use to inject colour back into your outdoor space.

For example, the Tatarian Dogwood’s stems turn a deep shade of red in the winter months, providing a pop of colour. There is also the Cornelian Cherry that produces bright yellow flowers in late winter, and the Winter Gold Winterberry with its large orange berries.

There are many options for you to plant in your garden to keep the area colourful all year round.

Suitable furniture

Choosing the right furniture for the season is essential, as getting it wrong can result in damage that needs repairing.

The wet weather can lead to rust and water damage if your furniture isn’t made from resilient materials, and high winds can blow chairs and tables around your garden resulting in more damage.

Ensure that any furniture you choose is made of weather-resilient materials, and is either heavy enough or can be secured down to prevent movement. If not, make sure you have the space to store your furniture when it’s not being used.

Choose a theme

If you feel like your garden is lacking direction, or you’ve never done anything special with it, choosing a theme can be a great place to start. A theme allows you something to build upon to create a beautiful outdoor space for you and the family to enjoy.

Your theme could be based on colour, types of plants, or even the senses. Whatever you choose, use your theme to inspire the way you design your garden, and any purchases you make for it.

For example, water features, scented flowers, and plants with lots of texture would make the perfect addition to a sensory garden. Alternatively, deciding you want to create a native garden will mean only choosing plant species found in the area you live in.

You can make your theme as specific or broad as you like. You could even try matching it to any theme you have inside your house to merge the two.

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