New Year, new planting: how to freshen up your exterior spaces

For many people, the New Year is a time for change and new beginnings. This also makes it the perfect time for businesses to brighten up their workplaces by giving their planting a refresh! This is especially important because the spring will be here before we know it, bringing with it plenty of wonderful new blooms to give your exterior spaces a new lease of life. With this in mind, you should now be preparing your grounds and garden to ensure they’re ready for the warmer months.

For restaurants, pubs and any other buildings that use their exterior spaces, ensuring that this area is inviting and well-maintained could make all the difference between potential customers walking in or walking by your premises.

Although the end of winter and the arrival of spring is still a few months away, the earlier you prepare, the better – particularly when it comes to the garden. To ensure nothing is left unprepared, check out our quick guide to preparing your exterior spaces for the New Year and the incoming spring…


First thing’s first… take down your Christmas decorations

Most of us love Christmas and would be more than happy for it to be the festive season all-year-round, but o

nce December is over, you do need to pack the tree and decorations away. Not only is it bad luck to keep your Christmas decorations up past the 6th January, but once the big day is over, your business will want to quickly start promoting its New Year offers! As well as putting your decorations in storage, you need to make sure you dispose of your tree correctly if you have a real one.

Shockingly, 6 million Christmas trees are thrown away each year, and this is having a devastating effect on the environment. Remember to chip and recycle your tree after the festive period or enlist the help of a specialist company, such as phs Greenleaf, to do this for you.


What flowers should you plant for spring?

Although the garden is quiet in December, there are plenty of bulbs that can be planted now to ensure your grounds are full of colour and interest in the spring months! Bulbs you can plant between October and December include daffodils, tulips, crocus, bare-root roses, grape hyacinths and fritillarias. Sweet peas and tuberous begonias can also be planted now if they’re kept in a heated greenhouse.

When you’re ready to start planting your spring-flowering bulbs, don’t forget to prepare your soil! This will involve digging over the soil to improve drainage and remove rogue weeds and large stones. If the soil is too soggy, plants won’t be able to properly absorb nutrients.


How to maintain your lawn in the winter months

Although you should have given your lawn its final mow of the year in November, there are still a few things you should be doing to maintain its health throughout the remaining winter months…

Firstly, make sure that you’re regularly sweeping up leaves, algae, and other debris from your lawn as they can prevent water and a healthy flow of air from reaching the grass. They also provide shelter for pests who will eat and damage the grass, and even prevent new blades of grass from emerging in the spring! Secondly, you should aerate the lawn to help air, water and nutrients penetrate the grassroots.

Unfortunately, winter weather can cause substantial damage to your plants, even if they’re hardy and protected from the elements, such as wind, rain and snow. To fill the gaps in your herbaceous borders, plant tulips and daffodils in the gaps to add a fresh burst of colour and interest.


How to refresh your existing planting displays for the New Year

To ensure your planting displays look their healthiest, keep an eye out for any that need to be pruned (or deadheaded). By cutting away any dead and dying leaves, you will instantly refresh the look of your plants, as well as encourage further blooming. Some of the plants you can prune in December include fig trees, wisteria, apple trees, and shrub and climbing roses.

Just one planting trend to incorporate into your business’s planting in 2019 is the ‘urban jungle’, which involves plenty of leafy, jungle style plants, such as Canna and Celosia. Colourful Begonias are also due to be popular, as well as evergreen topiary. As House Beautiful explains, these come alive in the winter months!

For more information about how our exterior planting services can help you prepare your business’s grounds for the New Year, contact phs Greenleaf.