How often should I water my outdoor garden plants?

Back in the dry, arid temperatures of last summer’s heatwave, you probably knew how to water your pots every day, or even twice a day sometimes.

But now, as we wait for spring to warm up again, many gardeners are probably wondering if they should keep watering their plants – and if so, how often they should.

We asked Marcus Eyles, Horticultural Director of Dobbies Garden Centers, to clear up the confusion once and for all.

What’s the tip for watering the plants in your garden in winter – is it any different from the summer months?“It’s rare that you need to water outdoor plants during the winter, because we normally get a lot, if not too much rain,” says Eyles. “The only ones to watch out for are pots or rain-shaded plantings of a building structure, as they may be too sheltered from rainwater. “

Eyles says the easiest way to check the area around your plants is to see if the paving or edging is wet, then poke a finger into the soil surface: “If the soil is dry, water moderately, but avoid overwatering will do damage, ”he says.

What other things should people do to keep their outdoor plants alive when it’s cold outside?

“When planting, check how hardy your plants are for the area of ​​the country you live in and make sure it’s an appropriate match,” suggests Eyles. “Also keep an eye out for temperature changes, checking daytime and nighttime temperatures. If the plant doesn’t tolerate that much frost, then Eyles says you should take them to a sheltered location, like a greenhouse, porch, or veranda.

“If you can’t or if you plant it in the ground, use an anti-freeze fleece,” he adds. “Very cold winds are the most damaging to evergreen plants because they scorch the foliage.”

Are there things you should do when it snows in your yard?

“Snow protects and insulates plant roots, but it can damage evergreen plants due to the weight of the snow,” says Eyles, who adds, “use a broom to knock down snow to prevent this.”

Are there other odd jobs you recommend people do in the garden during the winter months?

“This might not be the natural time you would think of going out and gardening, but there is still a lot to do,” says Eyles.

“As we approach one of the busiest times on the gardeners calendar, planning ahead helps me stay organized and stay on top of anything that might need to be fixed or replaced in the future. garden toolbox. “

Eyles says a few tasks include protecting wildlife by creating safe places to take shelter, winter pruning of shrubs and trees, and removing debris such as fallen leaves and snow from lawns to stop areas. dead. You can also plant a winter garden planter with primroses, pansies, violas and potted bulbs to bring spring into your garden as early as possible. “Winter gardening has a calmer, slower pace, which I think we can all learn to enjoy,” he concludes.