The onset of cold weather in January and February can make gardening a difficult task, with many plants falling dormant during this time. However, there are still plenty of maintenance tasks that the green-thumbed Brit can do in their housing estate or garden. Express.co.uk spoke to gardening experts to find out their top tips for keeping your gardening paradise healthy this winter.
Take care of your lawn
As the weather gets colder, your lawn won’t need to be mowed as often as in the summer.
In fact, by doing so, you might actually cause more harm than good.
But there are other ways to keep your weed healthy before its spring resurgence.
Marc Kerr, co-founder of So&Mo, a subscription-based personalized lawn care solution, advises sprinkling winter fertilizer to help strengthen your lawn.
He said: “Applying a winter fertilizer to the lawn will help strengthen the root system to fight disease and winter stress while maintaining good color in the leaf.
“You want to make sure all the leaves and debris are swept up and removed from the lawn, and when it’s freezing try to stay away from the grass as the traffic can damage the leaf.
“Finally, as we don’t get as much sun, it is essential to keep the lawn clean to allow for more exposure.”
Aerating the soil can also work wonders in helping your grass get vital nutrients.
Mr Moorehouse said: “After heavy traffic in the summer, the soil will often be compacted, preventing it from absorbing any nutrients from weather or fertilisers.
“To aerate your soil, simply poke small holes in the ground using a rake, Wickes has a wide range of affordable tools to help you.”
Harry Turner, Product Manager at Kärcher, said: “Between November and February you can get away with mowing less frequently than in the summer, as the drop in temperature actually means your lawn growth will slow down.”
While mowing the grass isn’t as necessary in the winter, there may be days when you think it’s worth taking your lawn mower for a spin.
Mr Turner said: “If you need to mow your lawn, choose a mild day if you can and never try to cut the grass when the ground is too wet, frozen or there is too much wind and always cut on a high setting.”
Mr Moorehouse added there are ‘simple rules’ gardeners should follow when mowing grass in January and February.
He said: “Never cut your grass when it is wet as this can lead to soil compaction making it difficult to get all the nutrients it needs for growth.
“Always wait a few days of dry weather before undertaking this task.
“Your lawn needs more surface area in the winter to absorb as much light as possible during the shorter days. When cutting in the winter, raise your blades to avoid scalping your lawn as this can lead to brown spots.”
Plant seasonal plants
Visions of blooming flowers aren’t exactly what one imagines when one imagines winter, but there are actually plenty of seasonal plants that need to be sown right now.
Mr Moorhouse said: “There are plenty of plants that are perfect for winter sowing.
“Sweet peas can be sown at this time on a warm windowsill or in a greenhouse while certain trees and shrubs do particularly well in winter, benefiting from frost and wet conditions.”
Cut, prune and maintain dormant plants
Finally, gardeners should continue to monitor their dormant plants.
Regular maintenance, such as trimming and pruning, can ensure your garden blooms in full color when the hottest days arrive.
Mr Moorhouse said: “To care for any existing plants, cutting and pruning will protect them during the cold months.
“This is done by removing damaged stems and foliage, a good pair of pruners is essential for this.
“Another trick is to lay down a fresh layer of soil to help your plants adapt to the cold and give them a spring-ready nutrient boost.”