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Preparing for autumn



What should you do with your garden in autumn?


Spring and summer are busy seasons for gardeners as we try to keep on top of new growth, flowers that are dying back and making sure everything survives the scorching sun. So, once autumn rolls around, you might think your work in the garden is done until the following spring. However, putting in the time and effort now to clear your garden so it looks neat and tidy throughout the winter will also help you to have a successful spring and summer next year.


So, let’s have a look at a few autumn gardening jobs that will not only make your garden look neater but will give you a head start in the spring.



Tidy up old growth

As the weather cools down and summer growth starts to die off, autumn is the perfect time to start clearing your beds and borders. Getting rid of any debris and dead plants will help to decrease pests, diseases and weed seeds and save you a huge amount of time in the spring.


Start a new compost heap

 Once you’ve cleared up debris and dead plants from the garden, all of this is great for starting off a new compost heap in readiness for next spring. You can add old bedding plants, vegetable crop debris and fallen leaves which will compost over the winter and provide you with a fresh load in the warmer months. This is a much more environmentally friendly way to garden and will do your plants a world of good.


Protect your garden from the cold

Now is the time to look after your sensitive and tender plants to make sure they make it through the winter. It’s a good idea to move tender perennials under cover to keep them protected. Just cut them back, remove leafy growth, dig them out of your borders and keep them sheltered either indoors or in a heated greenhouse. This will help to ensure that all those plants you’ve been carefully looking after over the spring and summer will come back in full glory next year.


Turn your soil

Autumn is the perfect time to dig up and turn your soil over to make sure it’s ready come springtime. Improve your soil for next year by getting rid of any dying plants before they start to rot and make sure you’ve cleared away any weeds so they don’t have a chance to take hold over the winter.



Plant spring-flowering bulbs

Many bulbs are extremely hardy and so will survive the winter if you plant them now. Come spring, the bulbs will start poking through, leaving you with a beautifully flowering early spring garden. Tulips, Crocus, Hyacinths, Daffodils and Snowdrops can all be planted in the autumn and will flower in the spring. If you’d like to know more about which bulbs can or can’t be planted in the autumn, just chat to our team who will be happy to advise you.


Plant other plants

You will also find that autumn is the best time for planting bare root roses, trees or shrubs because the ground is still warm from summer but, thanks to seasonal rainfall, it’s also damp all the way through, providing the perfect growing conditions for these plants. In addition, you can plant vegetables such as onions, garlic and spring onions now and you’ll be able to make the most of the fresh vegetables in the summer months.

If you don’t want your garden to look completely bare in the winter months, autumn is also a great time to plant evergreens that will survive the winter but providing some greenery when everything else is bare.


Give your lawn some TLC

By the time autumn gets here, your lawn might be a bit worse for wear after the hot summer months so now is the best time to give it chance to recover over the winter and come back even better next year. At this time of year, the ground is still warm enough to encourage new growth so make sure your lawn’s not neglected just yet! Make sure you collect dead leaves up from your lawn regularly in the autumn because leaving them will prevent your lawn from getting the light and water it needs and the grass will eventually die.

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