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Your Ultimate Autumn Garden Checklist (Part 2)

As promised, what follows is the second half of our two-part autumn garden checklist. To savvier garden designers, autumn is just about the most important month of the year for gardening. At least, if you want to have an enjoyable and easy time come spring.

So see how many of the following duties you can tick off over the coming weeks:

Repairs

Always bear in mind that the winter weather is guaranteed to take its toll on anything left outdoors. Hence why expert garden designers always recommend the following routine:

As soon as there is a suitable period of weather, treat the exterior of your shed to a new coat of paint.  While at it, check to see if there are any leaks or signs of damage to the roof or walls.

  • Don’t just ignore the broken panels in your greenhouse – now’s the time to get them fixed.
  • In order to prevent potential flooding issues, give your exterior gutters a good clean.
  • Consider adding a fresh coat of paint or relevant treatment to fences, gates and so on. This will help them withstand even the wildest winter weather.
  • If you have a compost bin, make sure that it is secure and in good repair.  If you have a compost heap, make sure it is appropriately covered by something durable enough to survive the winter.
  • Give the insides of any water butts you have a good clean, in order to prevent algae from building up. If there are any holes or cracks, repair them or replace the butts entirely.
  • Just as the weather begins taking a turn for the worst, mow your lawn one last time for the year. When doing so, be sure to cut the grass to a length slightly longer than normal.

Lawns and Beds

As any garden designer will tell you, a little preparation goes a long way when it comes to lawns and beds.

  • Ensure that as much debris and leaf litter as possible is removed from your lawn. Continually check for leaf litter building, which if left unaddressed can damage the health of your lawn.
  • Aerate your lawn to improve drainage and apply a high-quality autumn lawn feed.
  • Take the time to get rid of as many weeds as possible from your flowerbeds. Not to mention, annuals and any other plants that are either dying or dead.
  • Remove canes and stakes from the ground, clean them thoroughly and store them away for next year. Do the same with any supports used for climbing beans or annual climbers.
  •  Go about an aggressive pruning regime, getting rid of any diseased or damaged plant parts.

Trees and Ponds

If you’re lucky enough to have trees or water in your garden, be sure to get them ready for the upcoming season.

  • Get rid of any loose tree branches which may fall during bouts of bad weather.
  • Speak to a garden designer or tree surgeon for assistance with more difficult jobs or larger trees.
  • With younger trees, check the stability of the tree and its roots, using stakes for additional support when necessary.
  • Give your pond a good amount of TLC by getting rid of as much dirt, debris and leaf litter from the surface as possible.
  • Ensure that all filters and pumps are working as they should. While doing so, give them all a good clean and double check that they are suitable for use during winter.
  • Use mesh to protect your pond from falling leaves and litter in general throughout the autumn.

Preparation

Last but not least, garden designers always like to look ahead to the next spring season. So while effectively putting your garden to bed for the winter, there’s no harm in setting the wheels in motion for a fabulous bring.

Start thinking about where you intend to plant your chosen flowers and blooms next year.

  • Planting daffodils and snowdrops in the autumn will ensure your garden bursts into colour in the early spring.
  • Where there are now clear patches of soil, use the opportunity to turn the soil over on a dry day, before the frost hits.
  • Use high quality compost to improve the quality of soil by placing a generous layer on top.

For more information or to discuss any of the products at our trade plant nursery, get in touch with the Ladybrook customer service team today.

 

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