Furniture specialist HSL offer their top tips for winter gardening
Sort your lawn
During the winter months lawns suffer from rain, sub zero temperatures and weak sunshine, so it's worth doing your best to protect them. Start off by raking up any scattered leaves, as these can deprive the grass of sunlight, leading to moss or brown patches. Cut the grass for the final time just before Christmas, leaving it no shorter than 5cm - longer grass has stronger resistance against weeds.
Traditional lawn fertiliser should be avoided as it makes the grass grow at a quicker rate, which in turn makes it more susceptible to frost. Cold fertiliser, unlike traditional, has a low nitrogen content and a high level of potassium. The increase in potassium naturally strengthens the grass thus reducing the chances of frost.
December is a great time of year for transplanting as the ground may still be warm from the summer months but equally has sufficient moisture from the rain. This ensures that new plants have ample time to get familiar with their new positions and form new roots.
Net your pond
Make sure you spread a fine layered mesh net across the pond, pinning it down with rocks surrounding the edge of the water. This will then act as a barrier to decomposing leaves which can turn you’re pond water filthy and block the filters on your pump. The leaves caught can be put straight onto your compost heap.
Maintain garden equipment
It's all too easy to just put your garden equipment in the back of the shed and forget about it. However, it's worth taking some time over your tools before popping them away for the season. Wooden handles for equipment can be cleaned and protected with linseed oil; secateurs and shears can do with sharpening either by a professional or yourself. All other metal tools should be washed, dried thoroughly and oiled to prevent rust.
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