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Gardening tasks to carry out when frost and snow hits

By Gabriel Ash Subscribe to RSS | February 24th 2012 | Views:
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During weather conditions such as snow and frost, your plants and garden will need extra care in order to reduce the risk of them being damaged. There are a number of steps that you can take to not only protect your garden and plants but also to make your garden more appealing to wildlife during the cooler months.

When planting during winter, only choose hardy plants that are suitable for the area in which you live, as this will help to reduce the risk of them being damaged by frost. Move any tender plants to sheltered areas such as under trees or shrubs or, if you own one, into a heated greenhouse.

If you do not have a set already, consider adding cold frames to your garden, as these will provide extra protection for your tender plants over winter. Cold frames come in a variety of designs and are suitable for gardens of any size. By adding a set to your garden, you can keep your plants at their best not only in winter but also all year round.

If you find that your plants have been affected by frost, then there are steps that you can take to prevent further damage. A balanced fertiliser with equal amounts of Potassium, Phosphorus and Nitrogen will help to keep any damaged plants strong and will encourage growth. Move any tender plants that have been affected to a greenhouse or other sheltered area. Plants that are exposed to the early morning sun will cause them to quickly defrost and result in further damage, so take steps to ensure that they are kept protected.

If snow arrives, then you will need to focus on protecting the branches and leaves of your trees. Whilst snow will help to insulate your plants, it may cause branches and leaves to break if they become too heavy. Brush any heavy layers of snow from branches to reduce the risk of them bending or breaking. If needed, use string to help support your branches and to prevent the snow from pulling them out of shape.

As well as plants and trees, heavy snow will also affect other items in your garden. If you have a greenhouse, then you will need to remove heavy layers of snow to allow access to sunlight and to reduce the risk of the structure being damaged. Check the glass panes of your greenhouse regularly for any signs of damage and replace any heaters within your greenhouse that are not working efficiently.

During severe weather conditions, you will also need to make your garden a safe environment for yourself and others. Make sure any paths or steps in your front and back garden are clear to prevent them from becoming slippery.

You can also make your garden a better environment for wildlife during the winter by making sure that your birdbaths are not frozen over and that your bird feeders are full. Avoid trimming any hedges or bushes with berries, as this will help to provide shelter and food for birds during winter.

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