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10 Autumn Tips to Prepare Your Garden For The Season

There’s a distinct chill in the air and something unmistakable about the hue of the sunrise. Which can only mean one thing – autumn is once again on the horizon. For professional garden designers and everyday homeowners alike, autumn can be nothing short of magical. Some see it as the end of summer – others the beginning of a glorious new chapter for your garden.

As any experienced garden designers will tell you – preparation is key. The more prep work you do at the close of the summer season, the better your garden will fare throughout the autumn and winter. And it’s not as if most of the key duties you’ll need to take care of are particularly taxing.

So this year, we suggest taking a leaf from the books of the best garden designers out there and getting proactive with the pre-autumn prep. Here’s a quick overview of 10 simple tips to get you started:

1. Greenhouse Shading

If there is any shade paint on the panes of glass in your greenhouse, now’s the time to get busy and remove it. There’s just not enough natural light to go around in the autumn and winter at the best of times.

2. General Maintenance

Likewise, make now the time to carry out any greenhouse repairs you’ve been putting off for too long already. Ensure your plants are adequately protected by tending to cracks, gaps and damage in general.

3. Spring Cleaning

Not the month you’d usually associate with spring cleaning, but still a great time to spruce things up a little. Expert garden designers swear by the value of giving all grow spaces a good going-over at this time of year. Remove debris, disinfect your tools, clean surfaces and so on.

4. Tidy Borders                                                                      

Evict annuals and transfer them to the compost bin, replacing them with wallflowers, pansies and any other winter bedding favourites you prefer. Get in touch if you need any further advice or inspiration on the ideal winter bedding staples for your garden.

5. Lawn Maintenance

If your lawn isn’t looking its best right now, don’t simply ignore it until the spring comes calling. Most garden designers agree that now really is the best time to go about a little much-needed revitalisation. Particularly if you plan to lay new turf, doing it now gives it ample time to establish over the autumn and winter.

6. Make Leaf Mould

While it may take a couple of years for it to reach fruition, it still makes sense to make full use of fallen leaves. Most of the leaves deciduous trees deposit on your garden can be used to make nutritious leaf compost, which is simply fantastic for your garden throughout the year. To speed up the process a little, shred the leaves before adding them to the bin.

7. Tend to Compost Bins

Speaking of which, you might want to think about putting last year’s compost to good use around the garden, given that you’ll probably have a ton of new plant matter to throw in the bin while prepping for autumn. If it isn’t ready to use, start a second pile or bin – don’t let anything go to waste.

8. Plant Evergreens

Year-round gardens begin and end with evergreens, adding life and colour to your outdoor living spaces in all weathers. Sarcococca and Daphne are two firm favourites among professional garden designers, as are Camellias and Fatsia.

9. Protect Ponds

Though great for your plants, falling and decaying leaf and plant matter can wreak havoc with ponds and pumps. Rather than leaving yourself open to disaster, it’s so much easier to simply protect your ponds with fine meshed nets. In addition, check regularly for fallen leaves/matter and remove as necessary.

10. Furniture Maintenance

Last but not least, make now the time to check your garden furniture for any repairs required. Chances are you won’t be using it quite as much in the autumn and winter, so it makes sense to ensure everything is in a good state of repair before storing it away. Also, pro garden designers recommend careful storage of garden furniture and fixtures in general, which may not be designed to withstand the harsh temperatures and conditions the winter brings.

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