The festive season is usually all about fun and frolicking, but I thought I’d buck the trend by throwing in a quick post all about toil. Yep, this article is about hard work. It may be December and mighty chilly outside, but your back garden still needs a little tender loving care.
#1 Look Out For Trampoline Trench With the wet weather we have been having your garden is most likely beginning to resemble a swamp by now. If you have a trampoline, watch out for trampoline trench (yes, I just made that term up, but it beautifully illustrates the problem, so go with it).
As your children bounce up and down the trampoline feet are moving a little back and forth on the ground. As the ground is so soft at the moment, this may create a little groove, or trench, which can affect the stability of the trampoline.
You can either pack the equipment away until the weather, and ground, improves. Or if you don’t have one already, attach a trampoline anchor kit to reduce the slippage.
Although the long floor standing frames of trampolines are the worst culprits for this trenching, they are not the only guilty play equipment. Swings, especially, because they rock back and forth, can also work their way loose, as can climbing frames. Also as the ground swells and dries repeatedly, the movement can make any anchor points unstable. Put safety first and double check all your play equipment is well anchored to the ground on firm, flat ground.
#2 Snuggle Containers Together Although we’ve had a relatively mild winter so far (thanks to the near endless cloud cover), things are set to turn colder shortly. If you have plant and flower containers scattered throughout your garden you can maximize their chances of survival by huddling them together. If you have a sheltered spot, cluster them there. You could even stand them on a piece of cardboard to provide a little insulation from the cold patio.
#3 Take Care Of The Lawn You might imagine that lawn care is something reserved for the Spring and Summer, but alas, even in the Winter your little patch of green continues to need your attention.
With all the rain and milder temperatures, most lawns are still needing a regular mow, but to prepare the grass for the Winter you should raise your blades to leave it a little longer than you would for the rest of the year.
If there are any leaves on the lawn, scoop them up before the cause the grass to yellow, and use spikes to aerate the grass and allow it to drain.
The good news is there’s less gardening to do in the Winter. The bad news is the gardening is less fun because it’s Winter.
But once you’ve finished all that hard work, head over to the rest of the Wicken Toys blog where you will find some fun festive crafts, games and other ideas.