The winter has come with plenty of wind, rain, snow and cold temperatures which can play havoc on our gardens. Surprisingly many plants are quite resilient to the Great British weather however; you may find your garden is looking a little sad at this time of year.
We asked our Kitchen Gardener, Barry Daniel for his simple gardening tips on reviving your garden for spring time, transforming back into a charming, colourful haven, home to beautiful wildlife and fragrant plants.
Buy some compost
“Now is a good time to prune roses and summer flowering shrubs such as Buddleias. Make sure you add a good mulch of garden compost around plants in the borders however, keep the mulch away from stems. Remove any dead plants however, those you think just look a little ‘unwell’ I would recommend you keep them going, there’s a chance that with the warmer temperatures they will recover and bounce back to life. ”
Tidy up your lawn
“Lawns can be edged at this time of year using a garden line and board to get a straight line. Wait for a dry day to mow your lawn and preferably leave the grass cuttings on the lawn. Grass cuttings are full of organic nutrients and will reduce the amount of fertiliser you have to use by almost 25%.”
Make it pretty
“Snowdrops in the Green can be bought now from nurseries or mail order and planted in the garden ready to flower next year. I recommend planting these before the end of March to have them ready. Two seasonal shrubs which are stunning at this time of year are Daphne odora which has a wonderful scent and Camellia Williamsii Donation has beautiful orchid pink semi double flowers.”
Make them feel at home
“Protecting and looking after our wildlife is very important. Everything from the birds to the bees play a vital role in preserving our environment and that is why we must take care for them. For example, remember to carry on feeding the wild birds and supplying water for the birds to drink and bathe.”
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