With two ponds in our own garden we know the worries that frost can cause. To help protect your fish we recommend that you prepare your pond for the colder months with these essential tips. First, lower the water level to prevent overflowing due to increased rainfall. Clean your filter, adjusting the frequency to match decreased fish activity. Remove leaves daily to maintain water quality, and consider fitting a cover net to protect your pond from debris and predators. Ensure your UV clarifier is ice-free, move your pond pump to a shallow level to protect your fish during freezing weather, and adjust their diet to a Wheat Germ-based one. Invest in a pond thermometer to monitor water temperature and consider a pond heater for active, healthy fish throughout winter. We have been using a heater for the last few years and if the size of our fish is anything to go by, they stay toasty all winter long!
To help protect the rest of your garden consider the following tips:
1. Cover Tender Plants:
Shield delicate plants with frost blankets, old bed sheets, or hessian to provide insulation.
2. Mulch Around Plants:
Apply a layer of mulch around the base of plants to help retain soil moisture and regulate temperature.
3. Water Before Sunset:
Water the garden in the late afternoon. Moist soil retains heat better than dry soil, helping to prevent frost damage.
4. Move Potted Plants:
If possible, move potted plants to a sheltered area, like a covered porch, to protect them from the brunt of the cold.
5. Use Frost-Resistant Plants:
Choose plants that are more resistant to frost for your garden.
6. Prune Vulnerable Plants:
Trim back any frost-sensitive plants to reduce the overall surface area exposed to the cold and move under cover if necessary. However, we would normally leave growth on less frost sensitive plants for added protection and for winter wildlife.
7. Install Windbreaks:
Erect temporary windbreaks, such as hessian screens, to protect plants from icy winds.
8. Heating Devices:
Consider using frost cloth or mini-greenhouse structures with small heating devices for added protection if you have several frost sensitive plants.
9. Monitor Weather Forecasts:
Stay informed about upcoming weather conditions to take proactive measures when frost is predicted.
10. Harvest Produce:
Harvest ripe fruits and vegetables promptly, as frost can damage or ruin them.
11. Inspect Garden Lights:
Ensure any garden lights or heat sources are in working order to provide additional warmth.
12. Check Soil Drainage:
Ensure proper soil drainage to prevent water-logging, which can increase the risk of frost damage and lead to roots rotting.
13. Keep Plants Hydrated:
If needed water plants well before the onset of frost to maintain their hydration levels, but again take care not to over water.
14. Have Frost Cloth Handy:
Keep frost cloth or old blankets readily available for quick deployment during unexpected frosts.
We hope that these tips help to keep your garden safe this winter and looking forwards to the rush of life that Spring will bring. If you have any questions feel free to message us using our submission form on our website homepage. Or to get some monthly tips, subscribe to our newsletter!
Until next time.