Winter isn’t typically the time when you think of getting out in the garden, but there’s a lot you can do now to get your outdoor space ready for the spring and summer months.
Make major changes and repairs
Winter is a good time to look at the areas of your outside space that usually get neglected. It’s sometimes tempting to leave the maintenance of walls, driveways, paths and patios until there are cracks and weeds everywhere.
If these parts of your yard look beyond repair, then it’s possibly time for a major overhaul. If there’s a lot of heavy work involved, you should look at hiring hard landscapers, as they will have the expertise and equipment to get the job done properly.
But whilst you’re making changes, why not look at making some greener choices? Choose a natural and porous stone driveway instead of an asphalt one to allow rain and storm water to drain away. Turn your bare walls into living walls with a vertical planting system. Take a look at installing rainwater harvesting systems so you can water your plants without running the tap.
Do a spot of upcycling
Old wood makes a great resource for your garden projects. Even if it’s in poor condition, don’t just burn it. If you have some planks of wood that are in reasonable condition, try building raised beds to grow veggies in, or build a compost heap so you can recycle more of your garden and kitchen waste.
If your old wood is in poor condition, then you could use it to make a bug hotel, or simply leave as a log pile to attract all kinds of useful insects to your garden.
Plan your plants
Now is a good time to take stock of what’s in your garden. Go around and see where you’ve got bare areas that could benefit from some new plants. Research what will grow well in those spots and try to plan your new planting with native species in mind.
If you live in a climate that’s prone to hot summers and cold winters, adding some organic mulch to your garden will help you protect plant roots and help your soil retain moisture.
Hopefully, these garden projects will keep you busy during the winter months, and help you get your garden ready for the warmer months.