A garden can look untidy during the winter months, but the three Cs of clear, clean and cover can help you to protect your outdoor space, so it looks great all year round.
In recent years, heavy rain has caused flooding across the country. If parts of your garden or driveway become waterlogged during heavy downpours, it’s worth thinking about alternative surface options.
Old tarmac or concrete can be replaced with something more contemporary and functional. A landscape gardener will be able to assess your environment and recommend the most efficient course of action.
Simple channel drainage can be incorporated into new paved designs. These effective drainage grids will ensure water runs away freely – that means no more puddles!
Winter brings gale force winds, and it’s essential to replace rotting or damaged fences and trellis panels. Flying wood can result in damage to your home or a neighbour’s property.
Before bad weather can cause any further problems, replace unstable wood. It may even be beneficial to temporarily dismantle structures that can be reassembled the following year.
Remove unsafe trees
As above, check for overhanging branches or diseased and damaged trees that could potentially cause harm to people or property.
You may find you make your garden look much bigger and allow more light to come flooding in by removing larger trees. A garden designer will be able to advise you on which trees to remove or retain to create optimum light and space.
Cut back hedges
Now is the time to cut back overgrown hedges, shrubs, and bushes. Not only will this make your garden look much neater over the winter months, it will encourage new growth in spring.
Any work of this kind should be avoided in spring/early summer as this is when wildlife is at its most active. You run the risk of disturbing young animals and birds and destroying nests if you cut back dense shrubs at this time.
Avoid soggy lawns
What was a dry, bald patch of grass in summer can quickly turn into a soggy, mossy mess in winter.
If your lawn has seen better days, think about replacing it with new turf. This will give you a lush green lawn that will bring colour to the garden in the colder months, and look fresh and healthy come spring.
Create a sheltered spot
There’s no need for your garden to become a no-go area during the winter. Why not construct a cosy, undercover seating place in a strategic spot, where you can shelter from the rain?
The shelter could be anything from a gazebo or awning to a custom-built arbour that houses a single seat or a long bench.
Build weatherproof storage
There’s nothing worse than looking out over an untidy garden, with a summer table and chairs looking forlorn in the wet winter weather.
A shed or summerhouse will give you that additional space to store furniture and other garden ornaments. Your outdoor furniture will have a much longer life and stay looking pristine for longer if it’s stored undercover during the colder months.
The above tips not only provide practical advice on how to get the most from your garden during the winter, they can also be incorporated into your wider garden landscape design.