Posted 6th October
Now that we're into autumn and the temperature's started to drop, it's time to tackle those jobs that will protect the garden in the months to come
To help you "put your gardens to bed", Wickes will be providing a huge selection of garden essentials and advice to ensure the gardens will survive the harsh winter months.
Invest in a greenhouse or a cold frame
A greenhouse is the ideal retreat for keen gardeners, a place to keep fingers working whatever the weather. The benefit of a greenhouse / cold frame over autumn and winter is that it provides protection and keeps tender plants frost-free, while ensuring gardeners can grow less hardy crops, including salads and herbs.
Functional and stylish compost bin
Perfect for grass, leaves and other garden waste, a compost bin is ideal for gardens with a little extra space. You should place yours in direct sunlight during the winter months to help heat the compost during the frosty winter days.
Light up the darkness
Outdoor lighting will transform the garden, patio or decking area, and will be ideal in the winter months as the days become shorter. Outdoor lighting will illuminate walk ways in the garden, and prevent accidental damage to flower beds.
Perfectly green grass all year round
The ease and convenience of artificial grass should never be underestimated. The perfect lawn is nearly impossible to maintain, particularly during autumn and winter. Natural looking and easy to clean, the artificial grass has the added benefit of allowing kids and pets to play outdoors all year around without making a mess.
A good wood preservative paint or wood treatment will be essential in winter, adding a layer of protection against the freezing temperatures, frost, snow and rain. A sprayer can cover a panel in under two minutes, making it perfect for those who want the job done quickly.
Clear gutters and downpipes
Leaves and other debris can collect in gutters and drainpipes as autumn sets in. If they're not cleared, they will cause drainage problems and even interior damp patches.
Mulching is a must
Mulch is a layer of protective material, such as bark chips, compost, well-rotted manure or even leaf mould which has been retrieved from gutters. Mulches has a number of benefits, including providing nutrients when the sun is in short supply, resulting in the moisture being locked into the soil, and insulating roots from winter temperatures.
You can find out more about Wickes by visiting http://www.wickes.co.uk/garden
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