Discover the Beauty of Your Winter Garden

Winter is definitely knocking on our doors, but that doesn’t mean you should be hanging up your gardening tools just yet. Now is the time to focus on nurturing your winter garden and indoor winter plants with a range of winter activities.

Protecting tender plants from frost

One of our first tasks is to protect our delicate plants against ‌frost. In early June, use sheets of frost cover or frost bags to shield your plants from temperatures as low as -3°C. These protective covers allow light, air, and water to penetrate while safeguarding your plants during the day. Don’t forget to cover tender climbers and bonsai trees too.

Watering and mulching
Bringing colour to your winter garden

Annuals are a great way to add colour to your winter garden. If you notice any empty spots or want to spruce up your pots and baskets, fill them with more winter-flowering annuals. To keep these plants happy, deadhead them regularly and feed them with a foliar feed every two weeks. For an added splash of colour and to attract nectar-feeding birds, incorporating aloes into your garden is a great choice. Remember to treat them for white scale to ensure their health and longevity.

Caring for roses and transplanting trees
Supporting sweet peas

It’s the perfect time to plant new rose bushes or relocate existing ones. Ensure they remain healthy with a consistent weekly watering schedule and regular deadheading. 

You may also be interested in: Rose care guide: Growing and caring for your roses

July is the optimal time for planting and transplanting deciduous trees such as maples and birches, as they are in a dormant state during this period. This will allow them to settle and reward you with their beautiful foliage come autumn.

Tackling weeds

This season also provides a great opportunity to remove weeds, which become more visible against the dormant deciduous lawn. Take advantage of this time to manually remove as many weeds as possible.

Support wildlife 

As food becomes scarce for birds during the winter, continue providing them with water and food to support their survival. Shop bird food, birdfeeders, and bird baths online.

Supporting sweet peas

Tie sweet peas to trellises or obelisks at regular intervals. Don’t forget to pinch off side shoots and frequently pick the blooms to promote more flowers. And of course, remember to water them generously.

In the vegetable and fruit garden

Prune dormant deciduous trees and vines and plant new deciduous fruit trees this winter. Protect young citrus trees with frost cloth and in late winter fertilise them with an organic 3:1:5 fertilser. 

Regularly water your vegetable garden and feed fortnightly with an organic water-soluble fertiliser to keep vegetables thriving. This ensures a bountiful harvest in the coming season.

Maintain your garden by staking peas, broad beans, and Brussels sprouts. If you’re raising worms, remember to relocate them to warmer spaces, as they can be sensitive to cold.

Bring the garden indoors

As the cold creeps in, liven up your home with some indoor greenery. Our wide variety of trendy indoor plants can bring warmth and life indoors during these colder months. 

Cut down on watering pot plants and feed them fortnightly with a liquid fertiliser.  Consider refreshing your indoor plants’ environment either by repotting them or refreshing the potting soil. 

Planning ahead with Lifestyle Home Garden

Now is the perfect time to focus on water-saving strategies and put them into action for the upcoming spring and rainy seasons. Repair and sharpen your gardening tools, work on water features, paving, and retaining walls, or finally create that special corner you’ve always dreamed of in your garden.
At Lifestyle Home Garden, we offer a broad range of pruning tools, hardscaping, and maintenance equipment designed to make caring for your winter garden easier and more efficient.

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