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As the weather begins to change and the winter sets in, it’s more tempting than ever to hibernate indoors and forget about gardening, especially for your commercial or business grounds. Yet overlooking your garden and grounds maintenance now will only make your life harder in the spring. Here’s a list of some of the most important winter grounds maintenance tasks to add to your to-do list in the next few months:

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1. Get on top of the winter weeding

Unlike your bedding plants, certain weeds will thrive over the winter months. Not only are they an eyesore, but weeds will also be competing with your plants for water and sunlight, often leading to stunted growth in your plants. Now is a good time to get on top of your weeding to prevent them from taking over your garden as the weather changes.

2. Give your grounds a much-needed cleanup!

The chances are, your grounds will be littered with leaves and debris. Not only do they make your grounds look messy, but piles of leaves left unmoved can also attract mice, rats, and all other creatures great and small this winter! It can be a big job, but it’s one worth doing as we move into the winter months.

The winter is also a good time to get on top of other big landscape maintenance tasks, like removing trees. Companies often have more time on their hands during the winter months, so get ahead of the game and get your grounds ready for spring.

3. Protect your grounds from unwanted visitors this winter

We’ve already mentioned rodents, but it’s also a good idea to protect your grounds from larger unwanted visitors this winter. While they might look cute, during the winter months, animals often forage in grounds to find food and shelter. Foxes and badgers are common culprits in the UK and can be destructive when it comes to digging up beds and lawns. Whether it’s reinforcing a fence, or replacing plants with more hardy options, now is a good time to start thinking about protecting your grounds.

4. Tick off winter pruning and planting

Some plants, such as roses, need to be pruned in the winter months. The winter is also a great time to prune trees and shrubs to reinvigorate your beds in the spring. By removing dead wood, you help your plants to look and grow better. With temperatures being cooler and the ground containing more moisture, winter is also a good time to plant bulbs for the spring.

5. Beat the rush and get in your landscaper’s books

Your professional grounds maintenance provider is bound to be busier than ever come spring, so why not get on their books early and get some jobs booked in this winter? Whether it’s re-landscaping your grounds or just helping with winter jobs, Weedfree Landscapes is happy to help. Reach out today to ensure your grounds look and perform their best, all year round.

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Tim Bower
Post by Tim Bower
November 11, 2020
Tim Bower is the Director of Weedfree and is an expert in grounds maintenance and keeping your business looking great all year round.