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19 shrewd ways to protect your garden in bad weather

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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

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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 Rustic style garden by Aralia Rustic Wood Wood effect

Rundle House


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

Josselyn's Classic style garden by Aralia Classic Stone



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 Modern garden by Smit Architects Modern
Smit Architects

House Smit, Bloemfontein, Free State

Smit 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 Modern garden by Gardenplan Design Modern
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 Modern garden by Yorkshire Gardens Modern
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 Minimalist style garden by Yorkshire Gardens Minimalist Wood-Plastic Composite
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 Country style garden by Unique Landscapes Country
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 Country style garden by Bandon Interior Design Country
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?
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