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18 October 2013

Tips for Maintaining your Garden in Autumn

Winter is almost upon us, which means that there are a multitude of tasks to be completed in order to ensure that your garden is protected before the temperature falls low enough to cause a frost. If these tasks aren’t completed in time you could find that your plants and flowers are damaged throughout the winter or that your garden isn’t as safe to work in as it is during the rest of the year.


Supporting your Plants

One of the most important tasks for you to complete during the autumn months is to mulch the surface of your flowerbeds. By mulching your flowerbeds you can insulate the roots of your plants and protect them against the effects of frost.


There are a number of materials that you can use as mulch, including grit, gravel, straw, leaves and compost. Although straw, leaves and compost will provide your soil with nutrients as well as protecting them from the cold nights, these mulches will eventually decay or wash away from the rain, leaving your flowerbeds exposed once more.


To prevent your flowerbeds from becoming exposed to the weather you should mulch your garden using a variety of aggregates. These aggregates can include gravel, paddle stones, grit and even cobbles. If you are considering the use of cobbles you should be aware that the weight of the stones can sometimes compact the soil and impair drainage.


Safety in Salt

Working in your garden during the winter can be potentially hazardous due to the chances of slipping or walling whilst navigating the grounds. This hazard is caused by frost and ice as it begins to spread throughout your garden and can only be prevented or controlled through the use of rock salt.


By covering the ground with a layer of rock salt and grit you can reduce the point at which the water freezes and also provide stability. The grit that you lay across the ground improves manoeuvrability as it causes an increase in friction between the ice and the soles of your feet which in turn means that you will have a better grip whilst walking across any ice that forms despite the layer of salt. 


Enhanced Drainage

When the snow has fallen and the thaw begins your soil can become bogged down by the sheer amount of melt water. It’s because of this excess water that you should attempt to improve the drainage within your garden during the autumn months. Although it’s unlikely that the excess water will cause significant amounts of damage to your garden, it’s still best that you do not take the risk.


To enhance the drainage within your garden you can mix specific aggregates into the soil to add more space between the soil particles, allowing the water to drain quickly. The most common aggregates to be mixed into the soil are sand and grit as they are incredibly fine particles and won’t discourage or impair root growth.


Remember to provide your garden with the nutrients that it requires as during the autumn and winter months there is less sunlight; this means that your plants will not be able to photosynthesise for a large portion of the day. For more information on utilising aggregates within your home or garden you can contact us here at Aggregate Shop.

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posted by Aggregate Shop at 15:32

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