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Getting Ready for Autumn Gardening

Autumn is on its way. The evenings are already starting to darken sooner, and winter will be here before you know it. So, what can landscapers and gardeners do to be prepared for their autumn gardening? Here, we have a list of things to make note of before you get to work.

Planting and Transplanting for Autumn Work

Autumn is an ideal time to get transplanting work done. This is because the soil has plenty of sufficient moisture thanks to regular rain showers. The ground still glows with summer warmth, meaning the plants still have enough time to get used to their new position and form new roots.

New plants can easily be planted in the autumn without any need to worry. This is the last chance before the winter if you are looking to add some colour to the garden. Roses, for example, should be planted ideally in autumn and should be done so before the first ground frost.

Planting bulbs

These can also be planted in autumn so that their flowers can germinate from the soil at the right time in spring. These will then bring your garden blazes of colour as things begin to warm up. Planting them in the right place is essential for heralds of spring to thrive. Most like fresh, moist soil in spring, but this soil can then dry out in summer. Bulbs should be planted 2-3 times their height in depth of the soil.

Cutting Herbaceous Perennials, Bushes and Shrubs

When shrubs turn yellow, their stems bend towards the ground or they start to go to seed, now is the time to cut them down. This is because the plants are now drawing their sap back into their roots. If you do not cut them down, they risk decay. You can cut bushes and shrubs to approximately a quarter of their size. However, this can vary depending on the type of bush or shrub. Speaking to a professional plant nursery, such as Ladybrook, can give you more information.

Hedges

You should give your hedges a final pruning in autumn if you wish to prevent decay in the event of plant build-up. Only cut deciduous hedges back as far as possible, but don’t create any holes as these will not grow back over the winter. This will, in turn, leave the plant looking bare. Any tree leaves lying on the hedge should also be removed to ensure that the hedge gets as much sun and fresh air, and avoid rotting.

Lawns

In winter, the lawn will be affected by low temperatures and weak sunshine. This is why lawns need extra TLC before the cold spell begins. When the leaves begin to fall, it is important that they are cleared up on a regular basis. Leaves that are left lying on the lawn will deprive it of light and will encourage the growth of dry, brown patches, as well as moss.

Be sure to mow your lawn one last time at the beginning of November. Make sure that the grass is no shorter than 5 cm as longer grass can make better use of less sunlight. This will help it to resist against weeds and moss.

Autumn fertiliser is also something that should be considered. These usually have low nitrogen content and a high level of potassium. Extra potassium can strengthen the grass and increase its resistance to frost. Traditional lawn fertilisers should not be used in autumn as their nitrogen levels are too high and will make the grass grow faster. This will make it more susceptible to frost.

Final Jobs

Here are some other small things you can do before the first frost:

  • Beds, roses and any other plants that are sensitive to frost should be covered with brushwood, leaves or something similar.
  • Summer bulbs such as dahlias should be dug out and stored in an airy box.
  • Plant pots should be brought indoors or placed in a sheltered position.
  • Water connections, empty tabs and watering devices should be switched off so that frozen water cannot cause any damage.
  • Pond pumps should be dismantled. If needed, install an anti-ice pump.

Talk to Ladybrook Nursery

Once winter hits, it’ll be time to relax. Until then, let’s get ready to sort them autumn tasks. Talk to Ladybrook nursery to discuss all of your autumn plant needs. Our 13 acres are packed with a wonderful range of plants that will suit every garden style you are looking to create. Get in touch for more information.

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