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Six Surprisingly Common Autumn Gardening Mistakes

Every season brings its own unique list of what to do and what not to do outdoors. Nevertheless, garden designers at all levels are often guilty of making exactly the same mistakes.

With the autumn season once again on its way, it’s time to think about what you should and shouldn’t be doing for the benefit of your garden. As you may have already seen, the list of advisable jobs and duties is practically endless. But there’s also an equally important list of the kinds of mistakes you might already be making.

Don’t feel too bad though – it’s the same with most garden designers at some point or another.

So if you’d like to get the job done like the best garden designers in the business, be sure to avoid the following autumn gardening mistakes at all costs:

Stopping Weeding

First up, weeds are of course public enemy number one for most garden designers. Unfortunately, they simply have to be dealt with. Contrary to popular belief, dealing with weeds doesn’t come to an end at the close of the summer. It’s during the autumn that many types of weeds distribute their seeds for the following spring. Hence, the importance of not giving them the opportunity to do so! A little work now could save a lot of work later.

Not Trimming Perennial Grasses

Cutting back dead foliage or perennials is essential, if you want neat flowerbeds next year. Tall dead grass has the potential to look extremely decorative throughout the winter. Nevertheless, just as soon as the new shoots begin developing in between the dead ones, it becomes incredibly difficult to trim it back. As such, it simply makes sense to save yourself the trouble come springtime by dealing with perennial grasses in the autumn.

Pruning Your Bushes

When you prune plants or bushes of any kind, doing so stimulates the plant to regrow. Unfortunately, this isn’t the time of year when you should be encouraging new growth. The reason being that most of your outdoor bushes will need all the strength and energy they’ve got to focus on surviving the winter. As such, pruning can cause any number of problems for your plants at this time of year. Try to be patient and hold out on your pruning efforts on till the early spring, or at least the late winter.

Leaving Leftovers To Rot

Another common mistake among garden designers at all levels is leaving rotting plants and vegetables exactly where they are having made the assumption that you can just bash them into the soil next year. Unfortunately, it’s a habit that opens the door to potential disaster. The reason being that fallen fruit and leftovers provide sweet sanctuary for the kinds of insects and diseases you’d probably prefer to get rid of. Think of it a little like putting out a winter buffet and hotel for bugs and pests, prior to heading back to your plants in the spring.

Not Planting Spring Bulbs

If you’d like to bask in the glory of the early spring blooms, you can’t wait until the early spring to plant them. Nevertheless, this is an error in logic made by so many garden designers every year. When it comes to things like hyacinths, tulips and daffodils, you need to plan ahead. They should be planted during the autumn, prior to the cold weather setting in. Leave it any later and you risk denying yourself a dose of incredible beauty come the springtime.

Stopping Planting Too Early

If you really want to get the most out of your garden, you don’t have to interpret the autumn as game over. The reason being that there are plenty of crops that are ideally suited to cooler autumn temperatures. Things like kale, lettuce, spinach and radishes all have short growing seasons and will reach fruition before the first frost. So there’s really no sense in stopping planting too early.

So as you can see, it largely comes down to a case of proactivity above all else.  You really don’t have to be a professional garden designer to make the most of your garden, throughout all four seasons.

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