4 tips on how to prepare your garden for the winter

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Here at Savoy Timber, we’ve been helping people bring the wow factor to their gardens with our timber decking solutions for years. With autumn right around the corner, you’ll need to get your garden and decking prepared for the chill of winter! But where to start? To help you out, we’ve devised a list of the top jobs to try and get done before the winter arrives!

Scrub any shade paint

As the darker days roll in, you’ll need to ensure that your greenhouse is getting as much natural light to your plants and vegetables as possible. By giving your glass panels a good old-fashioned scrub to free them of any shade paint, you’ll be able to get far more sunshine into your greenhouse, which keeps the temperature at a good level throughout the winter months.

Happily, you don’t need anything fancy to clean off the excess shade paint; just a bucket of warm water and a bit of elbow grease will be enough to get the job done. Plus, while you’re at it, it’s worth checking for any broken panes that need replacing, and clearing out the gutters to save them from overflowing in the adverse weather.

Spruce up your garden borders

Start by digging up any annuals, then plant your beds with pansies, daisies, wallflowers or whatever else takes your fancy – don’t be afraid to get creative with your choices! What’s more, by planting your flowers now, your borders will be ready for next spring! Careful not to make your seed heads too visible though, as they can attract all kinds of insects who want to eat them. To finish off, trim the edges of your lawn and spread a nice thick layer of compost over your border to invite the worms in to mix it into your garden.

Last minute lawn treatment

Before the cold takes its toll on your ability to work on your garden, it’s worth taking a bit of time to attend to your lawn to ensure that it’s in the best shape that it can be before the winter comes in. To begin with, rake up any thatch or moss from your lawn, then brush in a sandy top dressing and a bit of autumn lawn feed so that your grass is properly set for the winter. As an added tip, you can drastically improve the drainage and aeration around your paths by creating holes with the prongs of a garden fork.

Maintain your gardening equipment

Before storing all your equipment away for the winter, there’s always time for a bit of TLC to make sure all your tools and equipment are in perfect working order when you get them out next year. Things like shears and secateurs need sharpening, and your spades, forks and other handheld tools will benefit from a good wash with soap and water. Once they’ve dried, paint any wooden handles with a layer of linseed oil to protect the wood, and give any metal aspects a coating with oil to prevent rust.

There are all sorts of other garden jobs you can get started on before autumn properly sets in, but those are the top ones we’d start with! And of course, if your timber decking is looking a bit tired and is absolutely crying out for a revamp, we can help. Here at Savoy Timber we stock a wide range of decking kits, boards and accessories that can give your garden space a new lease of life.

Take a look through what we have online or if you want to see our selection of decking in person, we have stores located in Wigan, Preston, and Blackpool. Alternatively, you can call us on 0345 0268 799 to find out more. We’re always happy to talk!