We usually give our lawns a final mow during October or November and then leave them to fend for themselves through the bitter winter months. But what would happen if you were to spend a little longer preparing your outside space for the colder weather? Check out our tips below!
Once your trees are bare, it’s essential to clear all the leaves and debris: this can be rapidly done using a leaf blower or sweeper. It’s also worth giving your paving a thorough clean with some soapy water before the frost arrives: a high-pressure cleaner, like the STIGA HPS 235 R, will make the job quick and easy. Cleaning paths, driveways and other hard-surface areas means makes them safer to walk on, as they’ll be less damp and slippery during the wet winter period.
Tidying your borders by cutting-down perennials and removing any leaves, weeds and dead foliage is a must-do task: by choosing the correct machine, such as a battery lawn-trimmer, this can be done quickly and quietly. Remember to not cut-back deciduous grasses; these should be left until late February, as the dead foliage helps protect the plant’s crown.
This is also the perfect time to spread well-rotted material from your compost-bin across any fresh soil, in order to set it up for the spring and make it look more presentable during the fallow months.
Go over your entire lawn with a hand-rake or powered scarifier – this will remove any thatch or moss accumulation, allowing the turf to breathe and the grass to grow more freely. If you do have a large amount of moss invading your green space, there’s a good chance you have drainage issues - a session with a spike-type aerator will help considerably. Combine these steps with the application of specially produced autumn lawn-feed and moss-killer products to give your lawn even more help and encouragement.
Heavy and prolonged periods of snow and ice can be hazardous for trees and plants: avoid severe damage and possible plant-death by clearing any snow lying on leaves, branches and lawn-areas while it’s still soft, fresh and easy to remove.
In terms of day-to-day tasks, the garden is a fairly quiet place during winter – it’s therefore the ideal time to put in place plans for the forthcoming new season. Even though the growing-period is over, experienced gardeners are well aware there’s still work to do with spring fast approaching.
For example, if you’re thinking about a garden redesign, it’s important to layout your plans with pen and paper, so as to make sure you know exactly what you want. Whether you’re looking to create a new bed from scratch, or just want to give existing borders a facelift, it’s always best to plan properly before starting work.
ST 4262 PB
Two-stage petrol snow blower with 62 cm clearing width.Go to product
SWS 600 G
Self-propelled outdoor sweeper with petrol engine and 60 cm clearing width.Go to product
SGT 500 AE
Grass trimmer powered by a next-generation 48 V battery with edge trimmer function (battery not included).Go to product
SAB 500 AE
A lightweight and easy to use cordless leaf-blower that makes cleaning outdoor debris easy! Direct axial airflow improves efficiency; while an intuitive keypad makes it quick and easy to select from the three speed-settings provided.Go to product
SV 415 E
Electric scarifier with 1500 W motor and operating system with 20 blades or 44 spring tines.Go to product
HPS 235 R
Pressure washer with electric motor, maximum pressure of 135 bar and flow rate of up to 440 l/h.Go to product
Hand-propelled outdoor sweeper with two 41 cm rotating brushes and a 50 litre waste container.Go to product