Winter proof your plants and garden

How to bring your plants through the winter
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To make it through the cold season each year we have to wrap ourselves in warm clothes and it is not only us humans who need protection from the cold, but our plants too. Here are some tips for preparing your plants for the winter or when we have cold snaps like now, to ensure they bloom again in spring in all their glory.

Cut back branches

After the leaves have fallen off the trees and bushes in autumn it is time for cutting off any old and withered branches. Rejuvenate extremely damaged bushes by cutting off branches that are closest to the ground, so that the bushes taper to the bottom. If you have roses you should bear in mind that these should only be lightly cut back in autumn as full pruning should be done in spring.

Outdoor plants in winter

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.

Watering

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.