collaborative post // Now that we’re in the coldest part of the year, you would think that you’d be able to forget about your garden for a few months. This isn’t the case, however, as this period creates a window of opportunity to help keep your garden looking fresh and appearing healthy ahead of next years’ spring and summer months.

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But what steps can you take to achieve during the winter months? Here are a few considerations to keep in mind:

#1. Consider Planting Evergreens

During the winter, your summer plants will die and the colour will gradually drain from the space. Ideally, this issue needs to be dealt with before the spring, and one step that you can take is to plant evergreen flowers and plants in your garden space.

Make no mistake; plants like hellebores and black grasses will immediately add a dash of colour to your winter garden, while also helping to protect the underlying soil from heavy rain.

It can also provide better coverage for delicate flowers such as crocuses and snowdrops, so it’s a relatively small step that can make a big difference this winter!

#2. Keep the Space Tidy

While you can hardly carry out a ‘spring’ clean during the winter, you can take the time to tidy the space in your garden and clear it of any debris.

This means removing discarded rubbish as a minimum, while we’d also recommend tidying individual flower borders, removing stubborn weeds (which can become overgrown if they’re not attended to regularly) and collating leaves.

This will also deliver the advantage of creating a clean space, making it much easier to visualise the changes you intend to make in the spring and precisely which flowers you want to plant. And don’t forget tidying up and/or putting away furniture, such as your hammocks Tropilex make, which are perfect for Summer!

#3. Invest in the Right Equipment

Some tidying processes in the garden can be labour intensive, especially collecting and removing leaves.

To make this a much quicker and easier process, you may want to consider using a commercial tool such as a left blower, which should form part of a larger and more diverse selection of outdoor power equipment.

This should also include a mower and hedge trimmer, while power tools that are used less frequently in your garden could be hired on an ad-hoc basis as required.

On a final note, remember to create storage room for any outdoor garden furniture. This prevents mould from forming and protects items like BBQs or pizza ovens directly, while helping you to store your other garden tools safely during the winter!

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