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  • How is this bad weather affecting my Garden?

    Posted on 12/02/14 by in Blog
    Bad_weather

    Bad weather affects us all; travel, transport, everything seems to take longer and it always has an effect on our day to day moods. Overall bad weather isn’t anybody’s friend, but if it isn’t our friend it is our garden’s nemesis. In September we published ‘10 Easy Ways to Protect Your Garden against the Winter Weather’, but we decided to have a re-vamp and make a post which is more instructional.

    There is no cure for bad weather, so prevention is key to minimise the damage on your plants. The science behind the damage consists of water in plant cells freezing and damaging the cell wall. This will cause the plant to become limp and distorted. If you have evergreen plants in your garden then these will often turn brown, regardless of how tough the evergreen plant it, it can be damaged when the soil becomes frozen. The Roots will be unable to take up water and plants die from the absence of moisture.

     

    The slightly warmer months of April and May can be frosty in the mornings, these periods of cold, can kill blossom and damage fruit that is being grown.

     

    Prevention of damage

    • Choose plants that are likely to remain healthy in the winter months
    • Make sure tender specimens are planted in a protected spot, under big trees and shrubs or against walls. This will give them some heat and protection during the winter.
    • Cold air and frost always heads to the lowest point in a garden so avoid planting tender plants in places that it is likely to get frosty.

    Protect your plants

    •  Plants that are trained against walls or tender plants growing in the open ground can be protected with simple frames or garden fencing.
    • Evergreens will profit from a thick layer of protection, like mulch around their bases to keep the soil frost-free. By doing so, you are allowing the plant to take up moisture during periods of cold weather and stop them from becoming dried out.
    • Tender plants should be grown in pots so that they can be moved inside during bad weather.

    How to help damaged plants

    • Protect them from the morning sun. The morning sun can damage growth if the plant defrosts too quickly.
    • Cut back frosted growth in spring, this will help a healthy, new bud grow.
    • Feed the spoiled plants with a balanced fertiliser – this will encourage strong, healthy growth for future months.

     

    By using some of these tips and tricks during the winter months, your garden can stay protected against the frost and be ready to have a healthy bloom later in the year. For some tips and advice on what 2014 will bring for your garden check out our blog post here.

     

     

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