Hi, and welcome to my December newsletter.
Now that the first frosts have arrived and temperatures are gradually falling, I’d just thought I’d send you a few tips for your your garden to help ease its journey through the winter and help it survive through to the other side!
- Tip 1: Bring in any solar garden lights.
Many folk leave their decorative solar garden lights outside during the winter, but their effectiveness depends on their batteries being able to hold the charge they collect during the day. However, batteries don’t fare well in cold temperatures and will be damaged if left out in the cold too long, so you may find they don’t work at all when barbecue time comes around! Bringing them inside over the winter will mean they’ll last much longer during the summer.
- Tip 2: Lift pots off the ground.
Many hibernating perennial plants are absolutely fine in pots down to very low temperatures, however one problem that can kill them is “frost squeeze”. This is when water has collected in the bottom of a pot, freezes and compresses the roots, killing them. This can be devastating for plants, so the best way to prevent it is to raise the pots on a brick or “pot feet”, to improve the drainage and prevent water from collecting in the base.
- Tip 3: Protect your outside taps.
If you have an outside tap, make sure you protect it from ice damage by either insulating it well with a protective cover, or turning it off on the inside and leaving it open. This will drain the water, preventing any possible damage from ice left in the pipes.
Don’t forget your lawn!
I have now started my winter lawn treatment rounds, so if you have a treatment schedule for your lawn then I will be in touch within the next couple of months to arrange a visit. This treatment is a moss control and a lawn tonic, designed to toughen the grass for the winter months (greening it up) and to turn any moss black. The wet weather we have all experienced this year has meant that it is a bad year for moss in your lawn, so this treatment will be one of the most effective for achieving a great looking lawn next summer.
Premimum customers will also receive their soil conditioner treatment, which will help replace essential minerals that have been washed out of the soil. If you are not on the premium package then just drop me an email or give me a call on 0161 862 0580 and I will be happy to upgrade you.
Going away? Let me know!
Many people wisely get away from the cold, dark winters of Manchester and jet off to sunnier climes! If you know you will be away for a period this winter and will be expecting a winter treatment, get in touch and I will be happy to schedule your winter treatment for a day to suit you.
Watch out for winter fungal infections!
Late autumn/winter is generally the time of year when your lawn changes the least. However, you still need to be vigilant and monitor the health of your lawn carefully. One of the most common problems that can occur at this time is the fungal disease called Fusarium (microdochium nivale). This disease normally appears as patches of yellow-brownish grass or a white or pinkish mould, similar to cobwebs or cotton wool. Fusarium can develop overnight in a lawn if the conditions are right, and is particularly prevalent through late autumn and winter.
If you are concerned that your lawn has a Fusarium infection I’d be happy to check it out for you, just drop me an email or give me a call on 0161 862 0580. Treat this easily with a Lawnscience fungicide treatment.
If you have any questions about this newsletter, or about your lawn either reply to this email, or call me today on 0161 862 0580.
Finally, if I don’t speak to you before the end of the month, have a merry Christmas and a happy new year!