For a lot of people, winter is the time to leave the garden to itself. As nature hibernates, so do a lot of amateur gardeners! It’s a mistake, especially if you want to enjoy a beautiful and fresh garden as soon as the winter season is over. In reality, while you can start planting flowers in pots over the winter and move them into the soil as soon as the temperatures are warmer, you can also start planning your spring garden outdoors with a few tips.
Protect your privacy
For a lot of people, privacy concerns in winter seem a little overrated. After all, when everything goes dark after 4 pm it’s unlikely that you worry about your neighbours seeing into your living room. However, when the warm months are back, it can be difficult to keep your evenings to yourself without pulling out the blinds. That’s exactly where sturdy wooden panels from Oakdale Fencing can be helpful to keep out nosey neighbours. Additionally, fencing is helpful in a pet-friendly environment, as this provides a safe barrier that keeps unwanted furry intruders such as foxes or dogs out of your garden! You can also decide to go for an elegant hedge, but it will take a lot of time to grow to the proper height – without mentioning the constant need for maintenance. A fence can present a much easier solution!
Choose your plants carefully
Don’t think that you can’t have a beautiful garden because most of nature hibernates through winter. You can already start preparing the layout for your spring garden now. This starts by considering spacing, sunlight and growing times for plants and vegetables so that you know where everything belongs. Additionally, if you’ve decided to start a vegetable garden, you can make the most of your greenhouse to sow early harvest veggies, such as winter lettuce or beans, for instance. If you’re working without a greenhouse, the cold and hard soil is the best environment to plant your onions and garlics, as the temperatures will help them to grow. If you want to keep some colours and style, you will need to rely on perennials that stay strong through the harshest temperatures. Sedum and heuchera are great to add tonnes of colours, for example.
Keep destructive pets at bay
It’s not uncommon in an estate to come across the occasional wandering cats or dogs from the neighbouring homes. Unless you’re in luck and these pets are well-behaved, it’s likely that they will damage your garden. You know the kind: cats using your garden as a giant litter tray, dogs digging playful holes in the middle of your flower bushes, etc. It can be tricky to get them to behave appropriately or to ask their owners to keep them indoors. But you can use a safe dog repellent spray to protect your beloved plants. You can also add small stakes and plant supports to keep cats out of your flower beds, as these will make it uncomfortable to use.
Don’t wait until the end of winter to prepare your garden! You can start right now and enjoy a beautiful and bright environment as soon as the frost season is over.