Sweep the leaves
Did you ever wonder why your neighbours keep sweeping the leaves from the lawn although new ones are still falling? There’s a good reason to do so: leaving leaves on your grass can result in yellow spots after the winter. The fallen leaves work as a natural fertilizer as they decompose so use them to give your plants a boost by placing in beds and around trees.
Cover your beds
To get through the winter without being damaged by the cold, your beds need attention too. Protect them by covering with a mulch of leaves, wood chips, soil or paving slabs.
Shield balcony plants
Most balcony plants tend to be exotic, non-native plants and therefore are not used to the cold. Cover them with bubble wrap or jute sacks to shield them from the frost. If you are able to bring your plants inside that is even better - some will need to be placed in light and unheated rooms, such as angel trumpet or oleander. Geraniums on the other hand prefer dark rooms and will show its gratitude by blooming throughout the winter.
As your plants are not exposed to heat during the winter they don’t need as much water as in the spring or summer months. We advise you check every 3 to 4 weeks and water if needed. Your plants will not need fertilizer during winter.