As the weather deteriorates, the leaves turn brown and the harsh conditions creep in, it gives us a welcome reminder that it’s time to prep your garden for the winter. To give you a hand with the tidy up we’ve put together some tips to help you clear away all of that summer stuff so you let the weather do its worse without damaging your outdoor belongings.
Unless you enjoy sitting outside on a brisk cold day, the weather for outdoor eating has come to an end. That means it’s time to pack up the barbecue and put all of your garden party accessories away. As we all know, those utensils for fire pits and barbecues can get messy so it’s a wise decision to keep your kitchen gear separate. Invest in a plastic box to store your outdoor belongings and pack them away now to avoid them rusting. Whether it candles, vases or utensils, if they’re being tucked away in a shed or storage box, make sure to cover them up and secure them safety in preparation for the high winds and rain.
If you’ve followed our previous advice and have invested in patio heaters and fire pits, you may still be getting use out of your outdoor sets even in these cooler months. If that doesn’t apply to you, you may be more focused on getting snug inside so if that’s the case then start to move your patio chairs inside or cover your ranges for the winter ahead. If you’ve invested in some weatherproof outdoor furniture ranges which are built to handle some of the harshnesses then make sure you keep your cushions in a dry place if you aren’t going to cover up your whole suite. As a general guide for outdoor garden furniture, if you want to increase the lifespan of your pieces and keep them looking as good as new for years to come, keeping them protected and covered up outside is the best way to achieve this.
You can also take this opportunity to have a garden furniture audit. Be realistic about how much furniture you actually need. If you seem to have acquired a little too much, think about giving some away. If some of the wooden furniture is looking tired, then you may want to spend a weekend sanding and painting the wood to protect it rather than waiting until spring.
Aside from tidying away your belongings, the winter is also a great time to take stock and consider if you need to get rid of some stuff or invest in more. You, first of all, may need to have a think about whether you need to buy some waterproof storage for tools or toys that you’ve recently bought or that don’t have a home currently. Whilst you’re taking stock, be tough but practical and identify what you’ve actually used this summer and what you actually need. If they are things just taking up space that you haven’t used this year, make the decision on whether you can get rid of them to create some more stuff for the new.
Nobody wants to be gardening in the frost and cold so start by giving your garden tools some TLC before putting them away to hibernate for most of the winter. Give each one a thorough clean and dry before you pop them away, and many will serve you better next year after they’ve been sharpened or oiled.