For some of us, our garden is our pride and joy. From planting and pruning to cultivating the brightest blooms, neatest bushes, and even the odd vegetable, gardens take a lot of work and can be extremely rewarding.
But, when the winter rolls around and the days of maintaining those flowers are behind you, you may be wondering what to do. Well, when it comes to the hard-outdoor surfaces, especially garden paving slabs and driveways, you’ll need to pay a lot of attention to them during the colder months.
And, with the UK set for one of the coldest winters in 50 years, we’ve outlined a few ways that you can keep those outdoor areas safe from the weather. ensuring your garden will look delightful.
Sort the cracks
The first thing you should do is go and take a look at those slabs and driveways. But, what are you looking for? Well, you’re looking to see if they’re in good condition or not. Because these areas are exposed to outdoor conditions and even cars going over them, natural damage will occur, such as a few cracks. To help prevent the cold weather from worsening them you should ensure you get them sealed, which you can do yourself or by using a professional.
As we know, this time of year will see plenty of wind, rain and in some cases, snow. Because of this, you’ll need to ensure your driveway is cleaned at regular intervals. This should include dispatching of any leaves or twigs that end up in the garden, and if it snows, shovel it sway straight away to prevent it from freezing and causing any long-term damage.
Use the right products
If it does snow, and it turns to ice, and you’re looking to remove it, ensure you use the correct products to do so. This is because not all products will be right, especially when it comes to your driveway. In some cases, they could even do more damage, with chemicals and salts causing cracks and deterioration. In some instances, simply covering these areas could be the best help during this time.
From a shovel to a rake and a brush, clearing your garden during this time is 100% a DIY job, so you need to make sure you have all the right tools to help you get the job done quickly. It’ll also ensure you’re back indoors sooner.
And there you have it, with these helpful tips your garden will be safe and ready for those summer months.