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19 shrewd ways to protect your garden in bad weather

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton

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We all know what it means now it's September. Autumn and winter will soon be upon us and all that hard work you put into your garden for the summer needs to be maintained and protected.

Don't fret though, as we have taken some top gardening tips from landscapers and gardeners to compile this weatherproof article just for you. Take a look and see what you can do to keep your outdoor space in tip top condition, even through a UK winter!

1. When frost starts to appear, use natural mulch to insulate your beds

IJLA - Contemporary Garden:  Garden by IJLA

IJLA—Contemporary Garden


2. Delicate blooms can be protected with all those plastic bags that you have kicking around your home

3. Beds can be given overnight protection with blankets

4. If you're feeling crafty, you can whip up a canvas frost shade for your precious plants

5. As odd as it may sound, your sprinklers will protect against frost as heat is generated when cold vapour hits fresh water

Rundle House:  Garden by Aralia

Rundle House


6. In high winds, garden stakes will keep tall plants in place

Josselyn's:  Garden by Aralia



7. Temporary windbreaks will protect your flowers when the wind gets up

8. Wrap burlap around delicate flowers to keep them protected. This also looks great!

House Smit, Bloemfontein, Free State:  Garden by Sm!t Architects
Sm!t Architects

House Smit, Bloemfontein, Free State

Sm!t Architects

9. The ultimate in natural wind protection, trees will offer shelter to everything in your garden

10. Prune your trees to prevent winds snapping stray branches

11. Plant tall trees to the south of smaller blooms to offer them shade in hot weather

Buxus Spheres and Hydrangea:  Garden by Gardenplan Design
Gardenplan Design

Buxus Spheres and Hydrangea

Gardenplan Design

12. Choose your fruit and veg well, according to the temperatures you normally experience

Modern Garden with a rustic twist:  Garden by Yorkshire Gardens
Yorkshire Gardens

Modern Garden with a rustic twist

Yorkshire Gardens

13. Paint sapling tree trunks with white latex paint to keep them cool as they develop

Small, low maintenance garden:  Garden by Yorkshire Gardens
Yorkshire Gardens

Small, low maintenance garden

Yorkshire Gardens

14. Build multi-level beds to offer integral shade to lower levels

15. Use organic mulch to keep plants cool and protected, as anything containing plastic will cause overheating

16. Try Xeriscaping by choosing plants that are adapted to natural ecology of your area

17. In times of drought, water slowly and with depth, rather than just sprinkling regularly

Circular lawns and traditional planting:  Garden by Unique Landscapes
Unique Landscapes

Circular lawns and traditional planting

Unique Landscapes

18. Don't over-water your lawn in a drought as it will take care of itself

19. Reuse old water from your kitchen for potted plants, as they will love the phosphates found in detergent

Country Cottage Garden:  Garden by Bandon Interior Design
Bandon Interior Design

Country Cottage Garden

Bandon Interior Design

For more garden inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 14 Uncommon Ways To Welcome Colour Into Your Garden.

How have you prepared your garden for bad weather?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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