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Changeable Winter Advice

by User Not Found | Nov 25, 2011

Living in Ireland we're use to unpredictable weather, and this winter looks to be no different its cold and dry one day and wet and mild the next. Here's a few key tips to deal with these different weather conditions:

Wet & Mild Winter

  • The mild weather means you can get out and about in the gardening without freezing your fingers off.
  • Dig over any open ground you may have to prepare it for planting in spring, however you should try to avoid digging if there's a heavy spell of rain forecast as this can damage your soils structure - remember keep an eye on the forecasts.
  • Bare rooted trees, shrubs and hardy container trees can be planted during November.
  • Top Tip - If your garden does become water logged used a garden fork to pierce the grass, this will help aid drainage.

Cold & Dry Winter

  • Dry, cold winds can damage delicate plants especially if they've only been planted this year, such as evergreens. Ensure to protect your delicate plants by wrapping with fleece.
  • Try to avoid walking on frosted lawns and this will damage the grass underneath.

And no matter whatever the weather you should always do the following during winter:

  • Protect tender plants.
  • Check all tree ties and stakes are secure.
  • Water your garden - when covered in heavy frost or snow the ground beneath will still become very dry.
  • Mulch around all trees and shrubs before the winter wether hits.
  • Protect clay pots from frost.