Whether you’ve been enjoying your garden for years or starting from scratch with one of the new build homes in Cambridgeshire, now is the time to make sure that it’s in tip top condition for you to relax in next year. Making sure that your garden survives the frost and the bitter cold winter wind doesn’t have to mean hours of back breaking work in freezing cold and wet conditions, a few quick and regular tasks will help to ensure that your garden survives this winter.

Mow your lawn

If it’s been a while since you last mowed your lawn try to resist the temptation to cut the grass too short in one go. Check the weather reports and when there are likely to be a few days of dry weather in a row cut your grass over two days instead. This will help your grass to soak up any winter sun that’s available and discourage moss from growing.

Rake it up

Over the coming months if you only do one thing in your garden make sure that you rake up any fallen leaves. Dead leaves and debris are fine for the compost heap but if they’re left to rot on your lawn, your grass will suffer.

Cut backs

It might seem severe but cutting back large shrubs and plants such as roses and honeysuckle when they’re dormant over the winter months will help them to thrive when the sun reappears next spring.

Winter colour

Just because it’s cold outside it doesn’t mean that your garden has to be devoid of life or colour. There are plenty of plants that love the shade and cooler temperatures and will offer an alternative splash of colour to your flower beds throughout the winter. Consider planting clematis with its delicate flower heads and lush green foliage, or evergreens such as Golden King holly with red berries and shiny green and yellow leaves to add an instant festive feel.

And so to bed…

Your flower beds will benefit from even the smallest amount of TLC at this time of year so turn over the soil to aerate them and prevent them from freezing over or becoming boggy. When you’ve finished rewarding your own hard work with a mug of freshly ground coffee, instead of throwing the grounds away scatter them onto your soil for an easy injection of nutrients.