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Your Ultimate Autumn Garden Checklist (Part 1)

Just because summer is drawing to a close doesn’t mean the same can be said for those essential gardening duties. In fact, now is the perfect time to go to the next level, when it comes to pre-season preparation.

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to spend a fortune at a trade plant nursery to keep your garden looking great all year round. Instead, you simply need to be willing to put in the required time and effort. A trade plant nursery can provide a bounty of blooms and blossoms, but the hard work comes down to you and you alone!

Still, it’s a small price to pay for an enchanting outdoor living space you can enjoy all year. Particularly during the autumn, British gardens have the potential to be no less than stunning.

Which is precisely why we thought we’d share with you a generous compendium of tips, guidelines and suggestions. Tick off as many entries to the following autumn garden checklist for a sense of satisfaction that’s hard to beat:

Cleaning

It might not be the most glamorous job, but tending to minor cleaning duties now will make your life so much easier further down the line. Little and often being the secret to success!

  • Take a pressure washer and/or brush and give paving and patios a good clean. If you note any weeds or moss growing in the cracks and gaps, pull them out or use an appropriate weed killer.
  • Remove everything that isn’t bolted down from the shed and give the whole thing a comprehensive clean. You might also want to take time to get rid of all the detritus in there you simply do not need.
  • Don’t forget to give the barbecue a thorough and hygienic scrub, before retiring it until next year. In addition, make sure it is comprehensively dry and stored somewhere suitable. Otherwise, you run the risk of it rusting and rotting away to nothing.
  • You might also want to take the time to give your garden furniture and other accessories a good clean, before putting them into storage. If the furniture is made of metal or wood, consider applying an appropriate protective treatment.
  • And if you come across anything that needs painting, get the job done now, rather than putting it off until the spring.
  • Give those seed trays hanging about the place a good clean and dry, before storing them away for next year.
  • If you have any terracotta pots or planters around the garden, consider bringing them indoors. Cold weather has a habit of cracking terracotta pots.
  • Clear your greenhouse of as much as possible and use a quality garden disinfectant to give it all a good clean.
  • If you applied shade paint to the glass in your greenhouse, now’s the time to get rid of it. It’s not as if we’re blessed with an abundance of sunshine at the best of times!

Safety

There’s also an important safety element to take into consideration, when going about your autumn garden preparations.

  • Take the time to check whether or not your shed is as secure as it needs to be. Do the locks still work properly? Are the latches secure? Hinges holding firm? No signs of loose panels or rotted wood?
  • The same also goes for any fencing or gates around the garden. As the evenings begin to draw in, it’s important to acknowledge the potential security risks associated with darker days and longer nights.
  • Consider installing external lighting, if not already present.

Plants and Flowers

As for choosing the best plants and flowers for the autumn, an experienced trade plant nursery makes the best place to start for advice.

Audit

While going about your autumn maintenance duties, carry out a comprehensive audit on your tools, equipment, accessories and so on. Get rid of anything that’s past its prime, while making a list of what you’ll need throughout this season and the seasons to follow.

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