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16 ways to save your garden from our terrible weather

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We're not wishing summer away, but you have to be realistic in the UK, as a few sunny days and suddenly, we are straight back into the dark and depressing days of autumn and winter! With that in mind, we wondered how professional gardeners seek to ready lovely outdoor spaces for the rather less clement weather that we're known for in this country and we think we've discovered some fantastic preventative measures!

Come with us now as we tell you how to prepare your garden for the rain, winds and frost that we are all so accustomed to putting up with and make a plan to ready your precious blooms in the next few weeks. trust us, you'll be glad you did, when the temperature drops!

1. Cover your BBQ, to make sure that it won't get damaged while out of commission! A simple awning will do the trick and won't look unstylish.

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wood-fired oven

outdoor cooking area

wood-fired oven

2. Lay stepping stones, if you know your garden is prone to water logging in the wetter months. You need to be able to walk around without sinking!

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Teca Stepping Stone

Fabistone

3. Hide away any tools or electricals that will rust or suffer from rainfall. It's time to invest in a pretty little shed, if only for your mower!

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Superior Garden Shed

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4. Move your potted plants indoors, so that the wind doesn't blow them over and smash the pottery to smithereens.

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Marga

Succulents

Marga

5. Anchor garden furniture down properly, unless you want a gust of wind to pick them up and carry them away! This really DOES happen.

6. Take hanging baskets inside when you know that a windy storm is brewing. How about having some hooks indoors, ready to use?

7. Repair any broken panes in your greenhouses, as one area of structural weakness could undermine the whole installation in the face of a windy day.

8. Replace any torn roof felt on your shed, to prevent the ingress of water or wind making further tears.

9. Be sure that your fence panels are properly rooted into the ground and tied to each other, especially before a windy day! You don't need them collapsing into a neighbour's garden!

10. Keep your potted plants well watered in windy conditions, as they can prove to be very drying!

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Simran Kohli

Add Plants

Simran Kohli

11. Always remove fallen debris from your pond's surface as soon as possible, or it could clog filters and have a big impact on resident wildlife.

12. Check your trees for signs of damage, as high winds could cause them to blow over and cause a lot of problems!

Feature planting and tree Modern garden by Lush Garden Design Modern
Lush Garden Design

Feature planting and tree

Lush Garden Design

13. Protect young trees from the cold by wrapping the trunks in bubble wrap or fleece material. They need to be nurtured whilst still growing.

14. Young plants will benefit from being tucked in, under a blanket, at night, to prevent overnight frosts killing them.

15. Prune back plants that could drop extra snow or frost into your pond. You don't want your fish to be at risk of avalanche!

16. Prevent your pond freezing overnight by leaving a ball floating on the surface. Your fish really will thank you for this!

For a little more seasonal garden advice, take a look at this Ideabook: Creating a winter wonderland garden.

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