With the days getting shorter and the weather getting colder, it’s understandable that you’d want to spend less time outdoors.

Property Reporter recently shared a survey by Tiger Sheds, which revealed that over half of us just abandon our gardens to the winter weather and don’t do any maintenance until the weather warms up again.

What’s more, 40 per cent of Brits don’t make any effort to prepare their gardens or their buildings for the colder weather ahead. That could result in damage to your shed, fences or your plants, so it’s worth spending a bit of time getting your garden winter-ready if you can.

You can always get some help with your fencing in Lancashire if you really can’t face doing it yourself.

The main reason given for neglecting our outdoor spaces at this time of year was that it’s too cold to be outside. However, 31 per cent of those questioned said that because the flowers and leaves don’t come up until spring, there’s little pay off.

Meanwhile, 25 per cent of people said that they don’t spend enough time enjoying their garden in the winter to make it worthwhile carrying out gardening tasks.

Jack Sutcliffe from Tiger Sheds commented: “Understandably, it can be easy to ignore your garden in the winter, but it’s important to look after it throughout the colder months to ensure your green space bounces right back once spring comes along.”

RHS chief horticulturalist Guy Barter recently shared some tips for making your garden winter ready with Good Housekeeping. Among the tasks he recommends are raking the leaves off your lawn, cleaning your greenhouse and cleaning out your water butt.