When living in a four seasoned country like the United Kingdom, you not only adapt to the seasonal changes but also are aware of any changes in the environment around you. For garden lovers, taking care of your plants through the seasons is critical to help your plants thrive. Although some plants are naturally adaptable to different seasons and climates, others would need reinforcement to get them through each season.
Starting in Autumn
Autumn in the UK stands out as the optimum time for engaging in garden-related activities, especially in making sure your tender and sensitive plants are prepared for winter. Following precautionary measures of protecting the plants during winter can have promising outcomes for your plants. Protecting your plants helps in preventing biological damages to the plants such as frozen roots, winter scald, and even foliar injuries that can lead to withering. Although winter plant protection can take some proper planning and specific equipment, it is worth the task. Usually, in mild to temperate, climates planning is not as critical. However, ensure that you make all the arrangements necessary for the winter that will come up during the mild seasons.
The most effortless yet effective way to protect your plants during winter is by using a method called mulching. Mulching can be done with organic material in the soil, and as the mulch decomposes, it emits nutrients that maintain the fertility of the ground. Prepare the mulch during autumn by removing old mulch at the base of your plants and add at least a 3-inch thick new mulch layer. Then, create a space for ventilation around the plant stem for air circulation. This will help prevent rotting. Wrap the plants with soft tree trunk bark chips to avoid winter sunscalding. If you have roses and you’d like to protect them, you could gather a mound of soil at the base of your roses to at least a 16inch depth that will allow the protection of the crown. To shield them from the winter sun, use anti-desiccant.
Protecting Outdoor Plants
When it comes to outdoor plants, you have a range of options that you could use. Screens or frames erected over your plants are perfect for outdoor setups. As much as possible, ensure you water the plants before the frost, and because wet soil traps more heat; see to it that you create a moistened soil environment to prevent root-freeze. For potted plants, take them indoors when the temperature drops outside. To keep an optimum temperature, use straw and hay to cover the soil around the stems to trap the heat.Other techniques to preserve your plants include digging your plants out, removing the soil attached, and storing them indoors in specific storage containers for the whole winter season. This is a popular method used for Pelargoniums. Also, you can preserve Begonias by taking out the tubers and storing their seeds in a sand-filled tray. It takes a bit of planning and practice to make sure you get winter preparation right. However, once you see the results and the fantastic longevity of your plants during the winter, every gardener’s dream is rewarded.