The work of a keen gardener doesn’t end with summer. There’s plenty to do throughout the autumn to ensure that your garden is properly cared for and that includes preparing it for another lush season after winter’s end. If you’re new to gardening, you may not be sure what to do with your plot of land in the months between summer and winter, and this is why we’ve put together an autumn gardening to-do list, just for you.
Follow these steps to make sure your garden is well taken care of and that you’re up to date on your winter garden preparation.
Once your beds are cleared of dead plants and other debris, you can then spread the soil with compost or a good quality manure to help nourish the earth throughout the winter so that it is ready to be fruitful in the spring.
Making sure that your lawn looks tidy going into the winter months can make a big difference in how your garden looks. A scraggly, dead, or overgrown lawn in the winter can bring down the atmosphere in your garden, so the right lawn prep is important. Choose a lawn treatment that nourishes the grass and works to kill the weeds.
Autumn is the perfect time to do this, and depending on the product you choose, you will then have to wait a number of weeks before cutting your grass. Make sure you get one good cut in before the end of autumn when it is still dry and not too cold. Lower your mower blades for a close trim to keep your lawn looking well-kept. You should also trim your borders at this time.
Take the opportunity to sweep down any patios and paths throughout autumn. The cooler weather can sometimes bring higher winds, which will blow about additional debris and can make your garden appear untidy. You may want to repeat this task throughout the autumn as the blustery weather continues into the winter.
Many animals need a bit of help during the winter, and so this is a great opportunity to provide sustenance and shelter in your garden. Start by taking down any of your feeders or nesting boxes and giving them a good clean before replacing them. Regularly fill your feeders or bird baths throughout the winter to ensure that there is plenty of available food for your garden wildlife. You can also strategically place mulch, fallen leaves or rocks around your garden to provide shelter for different animals throughout the winter.
Most shrubs, trees and hedges benefit from pruning in the autumn. This will help the plant come back stronger in spring, and can also eliminate limbs falling during any harsh winter weather. The way you’ll prune a plant depends on the type, so it is best to do some research on the plants growing in your garden to make sure that you prune them correctly.
If you need some extra space to store items like patio furniture and summer toys throughout the autumn and winter, you can always take advantage of our self storage units. This is a great way to make sure your items don’t get damaged throughout the colder months.