As daylight hours decrease and temperatures drop, plants take up less water as plant growth slows down. Overwatering during the colder months can result in plants sitting in soggy cold soil, causing winter rot and eventually the plants demise. Read our top tips and make sure your plants are perfectly watered this winter:
Roots sitting in wet soil can’t access the valuable oxygen needed to help plants absorb water & nutrients. This can weaken plants, making them susceptible to fungal attacks and suffocation.
• Use a handy Soil Moisture Meter and test the moisture levels in your compost. Simply place the probe in the soil to check whether or not your house plants or plants in your garden or greenhouse need watering or you can save the water to make a lovely brew!
Nobody like a weed, especially your prized plants! Cooling temperatures and autumn rains will be speeding up growth of pesky weeds which will be fighting with your plants for valuable moisture.
Stop weeds in their tracks and pull up any flowering weeds as you see them by hand or with a handy Weeding Fork. They’ll still be small enough to deal with quickly and you’ll be thankful in spring when they can become a real menace.
Freezing compost is a big danger in winter and can kill your plants. When compost freezes, plants roots are unable to take up water & nutrients needed, undoing all your hard work earlier in the season.
• Give plants in pots extra insulation from frosts with some bubble wrap or a Plant Pot Frost Protection Cover. This will prevent your plants roots from freezing and your pots from cracking over winter. If using a plant pot cover, your plants will be thankful for the clever drainage holes in the base, designed to prevent water-logging.
If you have any questions about how you can make the most of your water or just a general gardening query, please feel free to get in touch with our Gardening Angels on 0845 602 3774 or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re always happy to help!