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Balmers' Winter Garden and Turf Care Tips

Holidays are coming, the popular festive advert warmly professes, but what it neglects to mention is this means frost has already made itself a regular and a hard freeze is settling in nicely! This week our blog focuses on garden and turf care during the more harshly weathered months. Here’s a winter-tailored to-do list if you’re thinking of doing a bit of garden work this weekend to keep your lawn spick and span from now ‘til Spring!

- It’s vital to keep watering your plants over winter. Watering ahead of a freeze helps plants survive as it allows them to take up moisture before the ground is frozen and prevents water from reaching the root zone. Make sure to water shoots as well roots. A watering every week is beneficial during drier periods, particularly for new plants.

- During and following a frost, try to avoid stepping on grass as much as possible. You can cause a lot of damage to your turf by treading on it in these conditions!

- While plants will often survive winter freezes, flowers on winter-blossoming plants aren’t so lucky. To avoid losing blossoms, cover budding or open flowers with a non-plastic frost cover (sacking or netting, or even an old sheet).

- To keep root temperatures stable, add mulch. Don’t fertilise though, as this would interrupt a natural period of dormancy, rest and rejuvenation. Furthermore, subzero temperatures and frost can kill new growth.

- Spray any fruit trees you may have with a winter tree wash. This cleanses branches, killing fungal spores, insects and their eggs. (Make sure to do this on a still day, using suitable protection and avoid accidentally spraying any pond life!)

- To reduce unwanted visitors to your lawn, such as insects and slugs, keep placing feed and fresh water out for birds.

- On a dry day, remove fallen leaves with a rake, leaf blower or vacuum sweeper to ensure they don’t rot, encouraging the spread of moss.

- Avoid making a compost heap from fallen leaves, as leaves break down in a different manner to traditional compost heaps, which break down in a warm process. Put them into a leaf composter, or make leafmould. You can do this by placing them in bin liners and adding some water. Tie the bag and poke some holes in it with a fork and store them in a quiet, secluded part of your garden or land. By next summer you should have the perfect leafmould.

At Balmers GM, our range of ground and turf care machinery is second to none. Ensure your work goes as smoothly as possible and have a click through our website to see our great collection of products for sale or perhaps to hire over the weekend. 

Published: 06 December 2012 at 10:38

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Balmers GM are turf care machinery specialists catering to the demands of both the professional and domestic clients through the nationwide delivery of new and used garden machinery. Balmers supply a huge selection of used tractors across the North West, providing only the finest names in the ground care industry. With one of the largest collections of used John Deere tractors for sale in Lancashire, we truly have tractors to suit all.

Our technical sales staff are highly knowledgeable in all aspects of turf care machinery and are available to assist both commercial and domestic customers in deciding which models suit their immediate requirements. For more information about our extensive range of new and used garden machinery or if you are searching for second hand tractors, please make an enquiry online or call our Burnley store on 01282 453900.