how to protect your garden from wind

Think about the wind as you're planting

Creating a wind-proof garden can be quite tricky if you're not well acquainted with the way the wind moves through your garden. Depending on the position of your house, your outbuildings and your fences, the wind will flow around your garden in a very specific way. Some areas might be caught in a kind of 'wind tunnel' while other areas might be much more still and calm.

If you're worried about the way wind will affect your plants, we'd highly recommend planting in the calmer areas of your garden where the force of the wind tends to be its weakest.

Sometimes, the sunniest, most appropriate place to grow something lies right in the windiest part of your garden. That doesn't mean that you can't grow your plants there, it just means you have to get creative and make windbreaks to calm the wind.

To change the way the wind flows around your garden, you could add a semi-permeable fence that will still allow the air through (but at a less intense rate). Alternatively, you could plant shrubs and trees around the windy area to take the brute force of the wind and provide some protection for your more delicate plants.

Any large object like a fence, a shed, a water feature or a greenhouse can be used to deflect the wind and provide an attractive windy garden solution. Don't let the wind get the better of you!

Give unstable plants a stake

A great way to keep tall, unsteady plants from falling foul to the wind is to provide them with some kind of anchor. No, we're not talking about weighing down their stems with heavy objects to stop them blowing away (that's what the roots are for!) We're talking about providing a stake or trellis that the plants can grow around and grasp onto.

Climbing plants like tomatoes, honeysuckle and clematis all require some kind of frame or pole to latch onto for support. Whether you grow them close to a fence, create a purpose build a trellis or stick a solid wood stake in the ground, these climbing plants are sure to be thankful of it on a windy day.

These measures are ideal for low/medium winds, but you may need to take your protective measures one step further if a storm is on its way!

Reinforce your greenhouse and trellises

Sometimes winds can get out of hand and simple stakes or trellises might not do the job. If you're aware that a storm is due to arrive over the next few days, you might want to make some simple improvements to the protection you already have in place.

Adding anchors to the base of trellises and stakes will prevent them from being carried away. You could use concrete breeze blocks or make your own anchors by filling bags with soil and tying them around your stakes and trellises.

Greenhouses are generally very well-built and heavy, often made of glass or reinforced plastic. That being said, greenhouses can weaken over time, and a strong gust of wind could send your roof panels into the neighbours garden, leaving your prized plants open to the elements.

Using heavy blocks to anchor down the parts of your garden that are most prone to flying away is a great way to protect your garden from the wind. Also, ensure that all the doors of your greenhouse are closed properly, this will stop the wind from getting inside and lifting your greenhouse up and away from within!

These are just a few windy garden solutions to protect your plants from the wind. If your garden has been damaged by the wind, we may be able to help. Get in touch to discuss our expert lawn services.

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Spring is the perfect time to get your vegetable patch back up and running. If you've never tried growing your own, why not use March and April to get green-fingered and grow your own veg?

We've chosen three vegetables that are fairly easy to get started with, but don't let that limit you - it's possible to grow all sorts of things in your very own vegetable patch!

In this blog, we take a look at when to plant fruit and vegetables in your garden so you can take advantage of what nature has to offer.

A pile of fruit and vegetables

Most fruits and vegetables should be planted in March/April, so now is definitely the time to get your plot up and running. Everything has different growing requirements, so before committing, make sure you have the correct plants for your garden and be sure to stock up on pots and compost.

Here are a few simple planting instructions for some of the UK's favourite fruit and veg.

When to Plant Potatoes

When to plant your potatoes depends on what kind of potatoes you're growing. New potatoes must be planted earlier as they appear earlier in the summer, but the big 'maincrop' potatoes can wait until mid-April. Remember, as potatoes are root vegetables, they need space to grow - so make sure you have a plot or pot big enough.

Potatoes

New potatoes are an ideal crop for beginners - they're less prone to diseases like potato blight, and though they're expensive to buy in shops, they're surprisingly easy to grow yourself. You'll never get them from the supermarket again!

Simply plant your new potatoes in March (with adequate frost protection) and wait 10 to 12 weeks. Your new potatoes should be planted 12cm deep and 30cm apart, in rows. You'll have the perfect potatoes before you know it!

'Maincrop' potatoes are larger - these are the ones you'll want to use for mash, roasties and jacket potatoes. These take longer to mature, so they're harvested later in the summer. Plant these in mid to late April, then harvest from late July to September. Plant your seed tubers 12cm deep and then space them 75cm apart, in rows. These larger potatoes usually taking 16 to 22 weeks to grow.

When to Plant Carrots

Carrots grow best in open, sunny, well-drained soil. Luckily the sowing season is quite long, meaning you can plant any time from February to July; however most varieties of carrot grow best between April and July.

Carrots in a wicker basket

The great thing about carrots is that they are drought resistant, making them perfect for the longer, drier summers we have been experiencing lately. However, remember to use horticultural fleece - pests like the carrot fly can rot your carrots, meaning all your work will be for nothing! Horticultural fleece will stop pests from getting to your veg, so it's wise to invest in some if you're planning to do some growing.

When to Plant Tomatoes

Tomatoes need a little bit of extra love to grow properly, but they are relatively easy despite the extra steps. Sowing your tomato seeds indoors will give them a head start. Keep the seeds in pots wrapped in plastic bags so the leaves can sprout. Once the flowers on the first 'truss' open, transfer the plant to a growing bag. A truss, by the way, is the little cluster of small stems; you should be able to see them beginning to develop as your tomato plant grows!

Red tomatoes on a vine

Alternatively, most garden centres will have young plants that you can put straight in the ground. You should aim to plant tomatoes in May or June. You'll find that it won't take long for little tomatoes to grow, and once they turn red, they will be ready for eating!

And there you have it, the best times to plant fruit and vegetables in your garden! As you can see, planting and growing your own fruit and veg comes with a load of benefits that outweigh buying them from supermarkets so knowing when to plant them definitely comes in handy. 

We know how much joy an abundant garden can bring. Why not book a Spring Lawn Treatment so you can grow your veggies and flower beds with peace of mind, knowing your lawn is already taken care of?

For information on when to plant fruit or vegetables in your garden or how to get your garden growing-ready, be sure to get in touch with a member of the Lawn & Weed Expert team today.

bird on plant

Did you know that the types of plants and flowers that are planted in your garden can have an effect on the wildlife that you find coming and going? Well, they can!

By choosing the right plants, you can provide both food and shelter for certain wildlife, especially birds. So, if you’d like your garden to be a nature hotspot, try adding these plants to attract different species of birds.

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As soon as the clocks go back signifying the end of British summertime, you can guarantee two things: shorter days and colder weather.

Sadly, neither one of those seasonal traits lend themselves well to gardening and, while the former can be depressing, the latter can have a particularly damning effect on the green, green grass of home – specifically your home.

Ensure your green fingers don’t come down with frostbite this winter by implementing these fool-proof tips into your garden defence.

 

protect your garden in winter

 

Bring Out Your Dead

Wintertime is the perfect opportunity to give your garden a spring clean. Or should that be a winter clean… either way, you get the idea.

Dead plants, weeds and leaves can carry disease and fungus that can prove damaging to other healthy plants nearby. This is particularly applicable to spent annuals and vegetable plants.

Meanwhile, pests can also thrive amongst dead, rotting vegetation, which too can cause subsequent damage to your garden.

Removing any plants that have past their expiration date should remove the problem and any possibility of springtime issues down the line.

 

Get the Drinks In

If a drop in temperature is predicted in advance, pre-empting the big freeze and watering your plants ahead of time can pay dividends once the cold spell hits.

Sub-zero temperatures can cause the ground to freeze, preventing water from permeating the surface and ultimately reaching the roots.

Getting ahead of the curve allows your plants to soak up the moisture while it still can, which can be particularly helpful when it comes to annuals and potted plants.

Speaking of potted plants…

 

All Gone to Pot

Terracotta plant pots can make for an aesthetically pleasing addition to your garden. Unfortunately, terracotta isn’t invincible and this is never more evident than during the wintertime.

To prevent your pots from cracking by gathering them up and placing them together, ideally in an unexposed area of the garden that’s sheltered from the elements, such as near the house.

For an additional layer of protection, you can even go one step further and wrap them up with hessian or horticultural fleece for enhanced insulation.

The combination of swaddling your plant pots with heat retentive materials and grouping them together in a huddled formation should help ensure they survive the winter unscathed.

 

Mulch Ado About Nothing

As noted above, the harsh winter conditions can make the surface hard and difficult for water to permeate. To counteract this inevitability, mulching over the autumn/winter can help the soil to retain water and regulate temperature, protecting your plants in the process.

What’s more, adding mulch to your flowerbeds will help keep root temperatures stable, preventing churning and heaving, while it can also inhibit weed growth. Meanwhile, as the mulch breaks down, it naturally deposits additional organic nutrients into the soil.

 

 

For more tips on autumn and winter garden protection, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0800 111 4958 or get in touch online by clicking the button below.

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For animal lovers, pets aren't just an interesting addition to the home, they can often become a cherished part of the family. As such, taking care of your pet can be just as important as looking after a loved one.

If you're a pet owner, it's important to know the dos and don'ts of animal care. From a gardening perspective, this includes knowing which plants are safe for pets and what ones pose a danger.

Luckily, our team and Lawn & Weed Expert are here to help. We've created a handy list to help you differentiate between the cat's meow and the dog's b...uh, the dog's bark, in our blog on plants that are safe for pets.

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