Don't let your whole year's hard work go to waste this winter when cold weather strikes your garden. Find out how to look after it here.
When the weather gets colder and wetter, and the days seem increasingly shorter, it's natural to want to spend more time inside and less tending to your garden. If you still want your outdoor area to look great with minimal effort put in by you, check out these low maintenance garden ideas for winter.
While it may sound counterintuitive, densely planted gardens can look great and save you maintenance time. Living website Homelife recommends this option for a full, luscious-looking garden, and advises shading the soil to prevent desertification when the sun decides to come back out. This will protect your plants and reduce weeds, allowing for minimal maintenance. Don't pack plants too close together, as this can result in root systems competing for nutrients, but if you're going for a slightly ramshackle, secret-garden style look, this option is great as you can let plants roam into each other and create a more diverse area.
Reduce your watering
Potted plants require less water when the weather cools down, and winter rain means your outdoor garden will likely require less water from your hose or sprinkler, too. This gives you more time spent indoors curled up with a book. If you are watering indoor plants, take the chill off tap water slightly with a small amount of hot water, as this will prevent the freezing water from shocking the roots.
Sort out your drainage
Any drainage problems in your garden will be heightened during winter, so save yourself time and effort in the future by preparing for this now. Push vertical holes into heavy soils and create surface drains to help reduce moisture from killing your plants. Gypsum can work wonders on clay soils, as it allows air to get into the space between particles to help extra water drain away.