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Changeable Winter Advice

by User Not Found | Nov 25, 2011

CHANGEABLE-WINTER-ADVICE
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.