Modern Family garden in North London:  Garden by Earth Designs

Let's protect your lovely garden from nasty weather

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Now that the warm weather looks to be firmly behind us, it's time to start thinking about how we can prep and care for our gardens, staying on top of all that hard work we put in during the summer.

You don't have to be a professional gardener, or even a gardening enthusiast, to know that extreme weather conditions can have a seriously detrimental effect on our outdoor spaces. 

But, luckily for you, we have some handy go-to tips right here, which should see your garden protected throughout winter and ready to bloom again in spring.

1. Cover your beds with mulch for frost protection

Hardwood planters and decking:  Garden by Lush Garden Design
Lush Garden Design

Hardwood planters and decking

Lush Garden Design

2. Repurpose plastic carrier bags as frost covers

Modern Family garden in North London:  Garden by Earth Designs
Earth Designs

Modern Family garden in North London

Earth Designs

3. Drape a blanket over your beds before evening falls to keep frost at bay

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

House Smit, Bloemfontein, Free State

Sm!t Architects

4. Use your sprinklers to protect against frost. Believe it or not, when the water turns to ice it will actually release heat!

5. Prepare for frost season by watering and weeding your beds thoroughly

6. Cover paving slabs to prevent them becoming too icy to use. Carpet tiles are a great idea!

7. Wrap delicate plants in burlap as it's breathable and will keep the cold out

Gazebo with intergrated garden store:  Garden by Garden Affairs Ltd
Garden Affairs Ltd

Gazebo with intergrated garden store

Garden Affairs Ltd

8. Build root mounds around certain plants, such as roses, to keep the roots warm in the frost

Terrace house city garden:  Garden by Schema Studio Limited
Schema Studio Limited

Terrace house city garden

Schema Studio Limited

9. Use stakes against high winds to keep tall plants upright

RHS Chelsea 2015 - Breakthrough Breast Cancer garden:  Garden by Ruth Willmott
Ruth Willmott

RHS Chelsea 2015—Breakthrough Breast Cancer garden

Ruth Willmott

10. Make temporary wind breaks to shelter the garden against storms

11. Plant trees as permanent, future windbreaks

Roof terrace bespoke planters :  Garden by MyLandscapes Garden Design
MyLandscapes Garden Design

Roof terrace bespoke planters

MyLandscapes Garden Design

12. Bundle up baby tree trunks to protect them from wind and frost

 Garden by homify

Small town garden


13. Prune deciduous trees carefully to remove potential falling branches

14. Plant a number of evergreens that can withstand the cold conditions and offer protection to less hardy additions

IJLA - Contemporary Garden:  Garden by IJLA

IJLA—Contemporary Garden


15. Move delicate flowers and vegetable plants indoors to reduce the risk of spoilt crops and dead blooms

16. Put cold-hating plants near a fire pit so they get regular bursts of warmth

The Till:  Garden by Lithic Fire
Lithic Fire

The Till

Lithic Fire

17. Keep potentially delicate plants in pots so they can be moved easily

18. When heavy rain is predicted, add salt around your beds to prevent snugs and snails making a meal of them after the storm

19. Move water sensitive plants to higher ground so they drain properly and don't get saturated

Mote Avenue, Maidstone :  Garden by Cowen Garden Design
Cowen Garden Design

Mote Avenue, Maidstone

Cowen Garden Design

For more gardening tips and tricks, take a look at this Ideabook: 13 Things A Gardener Won't Tell You For Free (But We Will).

Are you going to put these tips to good use this winter?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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