Construction, paving and landscaping is most readily associated with the summer months, but most construction traders will still work to some extent in the winter.
Natural light diminishes in the late afternoon, and after the clocks go back in the final week of October we can expect sunsets before 4pm. This is more insurmountable a factor than the lack of heat, because visibility is much more difficult to recreate.
The primary concern when working outdoors in low light and cold and wet conditions is safety. The risk of illness and injury from such conditions is significant, therefore it is important to take extra steps to prepare the area and prepare the workers.
Tips for Working in Winter
Many of the extra steps taken by successful winter workers are rooted in common sense and don’t incur a significant cost. Here are 5 tips:
Erect a gazebo overhead to protect any dry mixtures from spoilage
Wear appropriate clothing such as jacket and boots
Limit outdoor time to the middle of the day
Operate a flexible workload and plan for changing weather
Plan downtime such as holidays around the coldest periods
It could be argued that Britain’s winters are becoming milder, therefore we are less likely to experience extreme conditions. In terms of landscape gardening the demand decreases in winter, so some traders choose to diversify and make themselves available for winter-specific work. Tasks such as moving snow, gritting and installing Christmas trees can fill the gaps. Others simply work more during the warmer months in the knowledge that more projects can be completed.
The disruptive properties of the British weather can differ depending on the nature of the project. For example, the summer time can bring heavier rainfall than autumn and winter. There are certain jobs that are rendered near-impossible in very wet conditions, unless significant provisions are made to protect the work area.
The best advice offered from experienced professionals has been planning and preparation to get the best out of the available hours.