Protect Your Plants
Frost causes the water in plants to freeze which damages them. Frosty weather can also kill blossom, damage fruit and hardy plants and evergreens can also be damaged by if the soil becomes frozen – dying from a lack of moisture.
If you need to protect your plants from a small number of cold nights something simple such as an old blanket may do the job. Be sure to tie it down so that it doesn’t blow away and remember to take it off during the day so that the plants can get light and air. Bring any of your delicate plants inside.
As long as the soil remains moist then your plants should be fine. Add bark mulch to your flower beds to act as a blanket and wrap up any young tree trunks with fleece or bubble-wrap. Insulation will stop the soil cooling too quickly, but it can also stop it from warming up when the time comes. Remember to rake it away from plants as the weather starts to warm up.
Protect your garden furniture
Garden equipment and furniture can and will be damaged by extreme weather. Ensure that all pieces are fully dry before putting away and store in dry conditions, this will make them loom better for longer.
If your furniture is too large to be bought inside, buy a furniture cover or tarpaulin – this will help protect it from the elements. Buy a cover large enough to go completely over your furniture and make sure to secure it tightly – cold weather usually comes with a strong breeze!
Look after your Pond life
As temperatures drop, keep an eye on your pond to ensure that conditions don’t become too harsh for fish and wildlife. The biggest risk for pond dwellers is ice, as foliage decomposes in the pond it releases methane. If the pond is frozen over, this becomes trapped and can poison fish. We have a simple solution to prevent this, float a ball on the surface of your pond and as it moves it will prevent a layer of ice from forming. Look for floating pond heaters with a thermostat, which give out heat when low temperatures are reached. Don’t smash the ice if it forms over your pond, the shock waves can be harmful to your fish.
Shorter days mean less sunlight, which is needed by pond plants to photosynthesize. Keep your pond life healthy and provide a welcoming habitat by making sure the surface of the water is kept clear from leaves. Cut back any overhanging shrubs or trees which may drop leaves into the pond.
The best piece of advice we can give you it to prepare well in advance. The more you do to limit damage caused by Ice and Snow the better – and the less ‘repair’ work you will need to do come the spring.
Cut down shrubs and remove dead branches. Be sure to break down any clay soil into small clumps. Invest in a compost bin and get composting! Compost will remain warm throughout the winter, decomposing vegetable matter ready for use to help your soil in spring!