Whether you are someone who dreads Winter or someone who looks forward to Winter, it is a long occurrence that happens every year, and if you are an owner of outdoor space, it will be of your benefit to prepare your garden for the changes in weather we face during Winter. This article will give you tips and tricks on how to make your garden winterproof and ways in how to enjoy and make the most of your outdoor space during those long dark winter months.
Natural Grass Suffers In The Winter
In the United Kingdom, we have had lots of harsh, bitterly cold winters, and therefore this means the frost and wet weather can have a negative impact on the quality of your grass. Over time your grass can be damaged, and sometimes the grass is even killed by cold weather conditions. This is why it is a good idea to consider replacing your natural lawn with artificial grass. Artificial grass will not only avoid being damaged from harsh winters but over time, you will also save time and money on not having to cut and maintain natural grass; once artificial grass is fitted, there is minimal upkeep.
Protect Your Plants
If you own a vegetable patch within your garden, it is very important to protect your carrots, parsnips, and other root crops. You can do this by using a blanket of straw to stop the freezing process which happens around them. This will, therefore, help to enable you to continue to harvest them when it is necessary. Lastly, place cloches over salad plants, or sow fresh seed in a cold frame or unheated greenhouse.
Avoid Any Materials That Are Prone To Rusting
If you are planning to keep outdoor furniture outside for the whole winter, it is important to evaluate which materials do not rust while being kept out for long periods. Research shows that materials such as wood, wrought iron, aluminum, plastic, and wicker are not prone to rust. This shows that there are various types of furniture and materials that are durable enough to be kept outside.
It will also be of benefit to purchase furniture covers to keep on your outdoor furniture for the entire Winter; this way, your furniture will be given extra protection, and this will prevent any potential damages or breakages to the furniture.
Use A Grit
If you wish to spend time in your garden in the Winter, for safety reasons, it is an excellent idea to grit your patio and walkways because these surfaces can become slippery when they become wet or icy. During the winter, grit is easy to get hold of, and there are many companies or local businesses that sell bulk loads cheaply during times of harsher weather. However, if you forget to purchase grit, table salt is a type of grit that can help to vanish iciness on outdoor surfaces.
Consider Adding An Outdoor Snug To Your Home
An outdoor snug will help to give an all year usage to your outdoor space. It is also an effective and clever way of expanding your space at home, and snugs can also be used to store spare items. In recent years the use of outdoor snugs in the United Kingdom has become increasingly popular. It is also a good idea if you are serious about adding a snug to your outdoor space to make sure the snug offers a sheltered outdoor area, meaning that there is a roof that provides shelter if you wish to sit outside of the snug.
Add Warmth To Your Outdoor Space
Warmth is important if you are spending time outside during winter months, luckily there are many ways in which you can add warmth to your garden. A hot tub or Jacuzzi is a fun and social way of keeping warm outside, many owners of hot tubs used to get during winter months because the water is so warm. Furthermore, a Jacuzzi adds a ski resort feel to an outdoor space as many ski resorts offer usage of Jacuzzis during their cold weathered seasons.
Outdoor heaters are also an excellent way of adding heat while being outdoors. Luckily, outdoor heaters are easy to purchase as there are many available on the market, and designs and prices vary from brand to brand, so there should be outdoor heaters out there to buy, which fits in with most consumers’ price range.