garden software. This will provide you with a clear plan
and an excellent record of your progress.
Start at the perimeter of your property, is it secure, are any
repairs needed to walls and fences and gates. Is there anything
overhanging and causing obstruction to passers by - donít wait
until the Council sends you a notice!
Are your hedges and shrubs tidy. Will they be susceptible to
damage if it snows or is windy ? Check all your plants and trees
for the 4 Dís - remove dead, diseased, decadent or damaged growth.
Are they well staked and tied appropriately ? Do not prune mature
trees unless there is a very good reason. Tree limbs - like our
own limbs, are not designed for cutting off, and you can cause die
back and disease in both instances. Most trees are best pruned
over the winter with the notable exception of cherries, walnut,
and birches which are best pruned at the end of summer.
Check your lawn on a minimum of a monthly basis for any signs
of disease and moss and algae. To reduce moss growth and keep it
growing slowly treat with a lawn sand type moss killer with low
nitrogen content. Frequent spiking will help ensure that
sufficient drainage and allow air gets to the roots for healthy
If its too wet and cold to go out concentrate on checking all
your tools and machinery. Start up any petrol engines with some
fresh fuel and give them a service - Oil change, check spark
plugs, check wheels, bearing and pinions, drives propulsion and
throttle cables, blades and chassis. Order any parts or take
machinery to a specialist by the end of November for repair.
Are your paths and patios in need of a jet wash to prevent
serious falls and injury ? Assess the health and safety at your
property. Ensure that your storage areas are clean, tidy and well
organised. Have you designated areas for fuel and pesticide and
weed killer storage, away from children and visitors?
Finally, remember to enjoy your garden throughout the winter,
notice those coloured stems and evergreens standing proud in the
frost and snow, and if you only see your garden in the morning and
evenings, strike a welcoming contrast into the winter darkness
with coloured exterior lighting so you can enjoy your garden all