29 Feb 2016

Garden Maintenance Tips to Revitalise the Plants After the Winter

Although the snow and the frost are beautiful to look at, the winter weather can have some very harsh side effects upon your plants and lawn. Common signs that a plant has been damaged by the cold weather is when they become limp and either brown or translucent. These problems are often caused by the strong warming effect of the morning sun which ruptures the cells in the delicate plants.

Frozen soil can do damage to even the hardiest of plants when it prevents them from soaking up the water and nutrients that they need to survive and thrive; this will mean that they will weaken and deteriorate if the problem isn’t spotted early on.

The frost can dramatically affect your lawn in the same way that it affects your plants, so you may need to consider some professional help to reseed your lawn. Using the perfect mixture of grass seed, alongside fertiliser if it is needed, will revitalise your lawn; special care such as watering regimes will need to be undertaken initially to ensure that the new grass grows where it should and as healthily as possible.

When doing post-winter garden maintenance using organic matter in your garden is the best way to revitalise the soil after a particularly harsh winter. Organic matter is commonly referred to by a variety of different names, including:

  1. Soil Conditioner
  2. Humus
  3. Soil Improver
  4. Fertiliser

Organic matter has the main purpose of enriching your garden soil with extra minerals and nutrients which are often lacking in regular garden soil. This injection of extra goodness will see your plants thrive if they are already healthy and can see them fully recuperate if they have been attacked by a particularly harsh winter.

Sources
Frost Damage, Royal Horticultural Society
Lawns: Dead Patches, Royal Horticultural Society
Organic Matter: How to Use in the Garden, Royal Horticultural Society