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Get your Garden Winter Ready

Oct 21, 2020 | Garden Design, How to guides | 0 comments

5 tips to get your garden winter ready

How to make sure your garden stays fabulous all winter long

With the winter weather upon us, it is time to make sure our garden’s are ready to take on those harsh colds and rainy weather! We share our five top tips on how to get your garden ready so it can stay wonderful all winter.

1. Spruce up your furniture to suit the winter season 

It is not only your plants that you need to get winter ready, you have to look after your furniture too. Be sure to pack away any garden tables and chairs you have had out during the summer months to protect them from the harsh winter weather.

Now is the perfect time to install our range of outdoor products, including composite decking, fencing and garden wall cladding. These solutions are not eco-friendly, but extremely durable so they will be more than able to take on that winter weather. Steer clear of splintered decks and mossy outdoor products with our full range of composite products. Your garden will be gorgeous as ever and ready to go once the summer sun comes back out to play.

2. Dress up those gutters

Gutters may not be the most exciting of topics, but it is one that really matters to your house. Before the first frost of winter sets in make sure to clean out and check your gutters. Gutters don’t just collect the rain and snow from the roof of your home and send it on it’s way to a drainage system. Gutters also make sure that rainwater or melted snow won’t find its way into tiny cracks in your walls or foundation and cause minor or lasting damage. This is why it is crucial to make sure your gutters are tear free and clean before the winter weather really hits.

Declutter your gutter with our incredible Gutterbrush. The gutterbrush will allow water in while keeping debris out, making your life a whole lot easier this winter. If you do notice any cracks, tears or breaks in your gutter call us today on 01 832 6210. As well as being one of Ireland’s premier suppliers of high quality, affordable uPVC roofline products we also can connect you with a nationwide network of experienced installers.

3. Keep your grass and soil protected

Keep your grass safe over the winter by laying down our amazing SafaGrass safety grass mats. These mats can protect your grass in heavy traffic areas, while protecting your family as they offer impact absorbing technologies to take the hard hit out of any fall! Place them under swing sets, around the back door, anywhere you feel necessary and watch the magic happen.

Another good idea is to spread a layer of mulch or dead leaves before the first freeze of winter. This will help protect any plants left in the ground from the icy cold temperatures. Furthermore, the mulch helps to stop rain, snow and ice from washing away your top soil or leeching out its nutrients. Ensure the layer is only three to four inches thick so it does not suffocate your plants, only protects them.

4. Shield perennials and bulbs from the winter cold

It is time to start cutting back on how much you water your perennials to get them ready for the long winter. The reduction of this water supply will give them a chance to toughen up before facing the cold. Keep in mind you should also trim the stems to around 6 to 8 inches high when they are finished for the season. Doing so will help to protect the plants from the cold and allow them to grow quicker and better when the sun finally comes back out.

Any bulb plants that flower in the early spring can usually be left in the ground throughout the winter. However, any bulbs that flower in the summer should be dug up and stored inside to prevent them from being damaged by the cold.

 

5. Consider some last-minute planting

Autumn is the perfect time to plant any early-flowering bulbs such as; tulips, daffodils and irises. Planting bulbs before the ground freezes over is the only way to ensure your bulb flowers will bloom in those warm spring months. Most early-flowering bulbs need to freeze during the winter in order to grow in the spring. The winter is slowly creeping in but it is not too late to get the last of those bulbs planted before the hats and scarves are out!

A lot of perennials also work well when planted in the winter due to the drier ground and lower temperatures. If you’re growing a vegetable garden, planting onions and garlic during the autumn allows them to be harvested several months earlier the following year.

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