Experts at Altons Garden Centre Warn of Importance of Winter Gardening

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Despite the cold winter weather, winter gardening specialists emphasise the importance of winter gardening to ensure the year-long good health of your garden.

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Many people put a hold on gardening as soon as the first frost arrives - but experts have warned of the importance of maintaining your garden throughout the winter months.

With the onset of wet and often freezing weather in November and December, a lot of gardeners decide to lock away their tools for the season in the belief that there is nothing they can do to combat the elements until the spring.

But according to winter gardening specialists at Altons Online Garden Centre, there is a whole raft of simple things that can be done - not just to prepare the garden for the year ahead, but also to preserve the local wildlife.

A spokesperson said: "A busy summer and autumn in the garden can often be followed by a period of complete inactivity over the winter months, sometimes lasting three or four months.

"In fact, winter is an important time in the life-cycle of your garden, when even a small amount of activity can reap significant benefits that can be seen throughout the seasons of the following year."

Altons Online Garden Centre's in-store winter gardening advice is a useful resource for local gardeners looking for guidance as to how best to manage their gardens in the winter.

As a taster of the advice, Altons has listed three simple jobs that any gardener can do over the winter:

  • Use fallen leaves as free mulch. This works wonders as a protective layer for the soil, roots, insects and other organisms.
  • Dig over the soil. Improve the soil structure by forking and digging the soil, creating a food reserve for plants.
  • Provide for the birds. Water is crucial for birds, so make sure your birdbaths or other water feature stay ice-free (a floating ball usually works).

As well as providing advice for gardeners, Altons also provides a large range of garden equipment and furniture through its online catalogue.

Everything from tools for that winter digging to more summery items like Alton garden benches and barbecues, with the Weber barbecues and accessories a particular highlight of the range.

To view the complete selection of different outdoor and garden products at Altons Online Garden Centre, the largest garden centre in Essex, visit http://www.alton-gardencentre.co.uk.

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