I'm a landscape gardener and here's how to prepare your garden for winter

Preparing a garden for winter can ensure the longevity of plants, hardscaping and outdoor furniture
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Preparing a garden for winter is time well spent. Months of wet and cold winter weather have a big impact on our gardens. From wind and frost damage, to standing water — it’s a season that seems to undo all our spring and summer efforts.

Most plants that die over winter do so from having their roots wet for long periods of time. Cold spells do cause some plants to die back but the wet weather is often the real challenge.

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Karl Harrison

Karl is Britain’s leading exponent in the design and construction of the highest quality decking structures created using modern materials and construction methods. Karl has surrounded himself with like-minded professionals to create beautiful gardens and build stunning creations. Since early 2003 he has been building gardens across the home counties, London, South of France and in Gibraltar.

Paul is an award-winning landscape designer. An experienced designer, his diverse range of work has included everything from small courtyards to large country gardens, as well as public spaces, both in the UK and internationally.

He studied at The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, giving him the opportunity to learn about plants and plant habitats from some of the most knowledgeable and inspiring plantsmen in the world. He created his first show garden at Malvern Autumn Show in 2008, and has since created show gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show and Hampton Court, alongside being invited to exhibit internationally in United States, France, New Zealand, Japan and Australia. (In 2022, he designed The Brewin Dolphin Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.) 

Since 2015, he has been a RHS Gardens Judge and chaired judging at all of the RHS Flower Shows including RHS Chelsea Flower Show. He has also worked with Marks & Spencer and Bradstone to create garden products, and has written for The Telegraph and Homebuilding & Renovating magazine.