Back into the cold winter months we go, jobs in the garden may be a little quieter than the rest of the year, but there’s still plenty that can be done. Take a look through our following suggestions, if you’re looking to get out into the garden this winter:-
- Continue to tidy up dead leaves. This will keep your borders clear and also stop your lawn from going brown, as a carpet of leaves will stop the light penetrating.
- Consider saving the leaves and making into leaf mould.
- Cut down summer flowering plants provided all the seed heads have disappeared. The seed heads are a source of food for our winter birds.
- Continue to clear any weeds that may be appearing.
- If you are considering planting a tree or shrub, the winter is a good time to do this.
- If you have any tender plants in pots in your garden, you may wish to move them into a greenhouse or sheltered spot.
- Keep supplies of fresh food and water out for the birds
- If you have any trees or shrubs in your garden that you feel are now in the wrong place, you can consider moving them. However, you should seek professional advice before doing so, as you may inadvertently kill the plant.
Arundel Arboretum, one of the leading garden centres in West Sussex has a good selection of trees and shrubs in stock. These are all in containers and are therefore suitable for planting all year round. The winter months are a good time to plant up your garden, so that your purchases can establish over this time, and they will require less maintenance.
If you are considering planting a deciduous hedge, you can consider bare root plants. This can be an inexpensive way to create a hedge. Once purchased, they should be planted as soon as possible to ensure that the root system does not dry out. An effective way of creating an evergreen hedge is to plant rootball plants. Our previous blog https://arundelarboretum.co.uk/2015/12/the-benefits-of-rootballed-trees-and-shrubs/ explains the benefits of this. However, these plants and bare root hedging are only available to order. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact us.
At our garden centre in West Sussex, we are always on hand to advise you on all things connected with your garden and will help you to choose the right plants for you – pop in and say hello!