The temptation to avoid investing time, and perhaps a little money, into effectively and thoroughly weatherproofing your back garden this autumn and winter is understandable. However, without this protection, it is likely you will have to virtually start again when spring comes, as the hard work you have put in throughout the summer will effectively be entirely ruined. Here are eight ways to weatherproof your outdoor spaces this autumn and winter.
Guard Your Plants
Obviously, by far the best way to protect your plants from unpredictable, harsh weather conditions in autumn and winter is to move them to, ideally, a considerably warmer and noticeably more sheltered location.
If for whatever reason, this is unfortunately not possible, an effective way to offer protection to your lovingly cultivated plants is to add a generous amount of mulch to the roots. Additionally, covering your plants is also an effective defense against frost and high winds.
The primary benefit of investing in retractable shades for your back garden is the ability to enjoy your outside space no matter how the weather is behaving. A retractable, good-quality awning has a host of other great benefits, such as a surprisingly affordable alternative to building a conservatory attached to your home, the non-intrusive nature of the shades when they are retracted, the flexibility afforded by them, and the ability to physically extend your living space.
Environmentally friendly products, such as those from eComposite Products, are fast becoming the principal choice for people who want to protect and improve the overall aesthetic, eco-friendly levels, and durability of both their indoor and outdoor spaces.
Composite fencing is a fabulous example of this, as the combined mix of wooden fence panels aesthetic, and the durability, lightweight nature, and altogether strong and sturdy attributes of plastic make for the ideal fencing choice, especially for the winter months. Composite fencing is surprisingly affordable and comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and textures, making it the ideal upgrade for your back garden.
Waterproof Furniture Coverings
Without spending time and a little money on protecting your garden furniture from the harsh weather elements, it is unlikely that you will be able to fully enjoy the same furniture next summer.
Modern gardens are becoming increasingly susceptible to rotting and mold-ridden furniture as garden chairs and tables decrease in price. If you are looking for a more sustainable and subsequently more environmentally friendly way to enjoy your garden, shelter your furniture with waterproof coverings as soon as summer ends.
Don’t Forget Wildlife in Winter
If you are an avid bird watcher, or perhaps you love to see squirrels, foxes, and hedgehogs frolicking from your window and thoroughly enjoy all that your back garden has to offer, this by no means needs to stop as soon as the winter months arrive.
Make good use of dead flower heads and parts of plants as well as any berries and fallen fruit by leaving them behind for the wildlife. Additionally, consider constructing for yourself or purchasing a bird feeder with additional supplemental foodstuffs and a birdhouse to shelter your cherished garden visitors.
Tend to Your Soil
Contrary to popular belief, by far the most appropriate and fruitful time to tend to your soil is in the autumn, and for the best results, add a mixture of rock phosphate, bone meal, and, ideally, manure, all of which can be obtained from an established garden center or local farmyard.
Cover your flower beds as you have done with your pots and planters for the best protection against the harsh winter elements, being sure to remove all the covers when spring arrives.
Revive the Compost Heap
It would be a great shame to let your compost heap fall into disarray over the winter months and, instead, use the material composted over spring and summer to top up your garden beds and planters and generously cover your larger areas of soil with a layer of compost. On days where you can safely move around your garden, gather dried leaves and layer them onto your compost heap, together with any wasted scraps from the kitchen.
Thoroughly Clean and Refine Your Tools
You will thank yourself when you come to start getting your garden ready again for spring, and you find your tools thoroughly cleaned and sharpened and altogether ready to go. Never leave any tools outside and exposed to the elements during winter and, if you have tools that have seen their proverbial better days, replace your tools ready for the spring.
Autumn and winter are the perfect time to devote proper time to care for all your garden tools and, even more importantly, protecting, oiling, and thoroughly cleaning your lawnmower, strimmer, and other electrical pieces of garden equipment.