Winter typically brings rain, frost and strong winds – all of which can cause destruction to your garden. By taking protection measures, you can defend your garden against bad weather. Here are just a few ways to prevent your garden being destroyed.
Protect your plants
Plants can easily be toppled by strong winds. Too much rain can meanwhile make soil boggy, while frost can kill off delicate plants.
Fortunately, there are many protective measures that you can take. When it comes to strong winds, consider using heavy pots, climbing supports and wind barriers. When it comes to rain, consider opting for raised beds to encourage drainage. When it comes to frost, it’s possible to use protective tents and bell jars.
Of course, another option could be to grow your most precious plants in a greenhouse. This will provide shelter from rain, frost and wind, while still letting sunlight in.
Treat any timber
Wood is a popular material for furniture, fencing and sheds, however it can be easily damaged by the weather – that is unless its treated.
There are lots of forms of timber treatment that are worth looking into. These include the likes of CCA and ACQ. Such treatments will prevent rot and keep your timber lasting longer.
Lock away loose items
Whenever there are warnings of high winds, it’s a good idea to lock away loose lightweight items. These are likely to get picked up by the wind and destroyed.
Items like outdoor furniture, ornaments, patio umbrellas, kids toys and watering cans should all be locked away in a shed if possible. Alternatively, you could find a way of tying or weighing them down.
Fend off flooding
Some gardens can be prone to flooding. Waterlogging will destroy your plants and will cause a lot of mess, so it can be worth looking into ways of protecting against flooding.
One option could be to create a gravel swale. This is a deep trench filled with gravel that water can run into, helping to reduce flooding to the rest of your garden.
Another option is to opt solely for raised beds. This can be effective at keeping plants above water.
To protect against minor flooding, you may be able to place mulch on beds to help absorb water. The likes of wood chips can help to absorb water, preventing soil from getting too boggy.
Remove dangerous trees
You should keep an eye on any trees in your garden that are dead, damaged or leaning. There could be a risk of these trees being knocked over by high winds. This may not only damage your garden, but could possibly cause damage to your home too if a tree is close enough to the building.
It’s worth hiring an arborist to inspect the tree and decide whether it is a danger. Planning permission may also be required when removing a tree (usually, if the tree is a danger, planning permission will be granted immediately). Make sure to hire professionals when felling a large tree.