Rix Petroleum's guide to winter gardening
For all you avid gardeners, it is important to remember that winter does not have to be a dormant season for your garden. It can be a great time to take stock of the year’s successes and failures, enjoy displays of evergreens and winter flowers, and to start planning and preparing for next year.
Here at Rix we feel that these are the key jobs to do over winter:
- If it’s a mild winter, continue to cut the lawn, so long as it’s growing, but raise the height of the mower blades
- Prevent containers planted with winter bedding or all-year-round shrubs from freezing solid by wrapping them with bubble wrap or taking them into shelter
- Get rid of slimy patches on the patio and paving by scrubbing with a broom or blasting with a pressure washer
- Remember to feed indoor plants occasionally
- Order seed catalogues and plan what you’re going to grow in the spring
- Check climbers are securely attached with plant ties to their supports.
- Take hardwood cuttings from suitable trees and shrubs.
- If you still haven't planted your tulip bulbs there is still time, provided the ground isn't frozen.
- Spread fresh gravel or grit around alpine plants.
- If you haven't already done so, clean out the greenhouse thoroughly. Wash the glass; the floor and the staging with horticultural disinfectant to kill any overwintering pests and diseases.
Fact: Did you know the colourful wrappers of Quality Street sweets are compostable? They are made from cellulose, derived from wood pulp, so rather than chuck them in the bin with your Christmas wrapping paper place them on your compost heap!