It appears we’re well and truly over summer, so it makes sense to prepare your garden for the pending autumnal weather. Though autumn is a beautiful time of year for its outstanding colours and crunchy leaves, it can leave you in a state of despair when it comes to your garden. The weather is often unpredictable, which can lead to your garden getting a little neglected. To prevent this from happening, follow these simple steps for preparing your garden for autumn:
First and foremost, you’ll want to start with a clean slate come next summer. Autumn is the perfect time to have a bit of a garden clear up. Try to get the weeds under control before the winter hits, as before you know it, you’ll have a lot more to tackle come springtime. Start by working your way around any patio areas or pavement, making sure you well and truly dead the weeds at the root. Then scour your garden for any other weeds that should be taken out. Take great care if you’re using a weed-killer spray, using precision to target the weeds so as not to damage any of your other plants.
Maintain a healthy lawn year-round by revitalising the grass. Rake away any old grass or moss before adding some fertiliser to your lawn. This can greatly boost your lawns healthy growth before winter hits. You can improve drainage with the addition of deep holes scattered around your garden, much needed when there’s heavy rainfall. Don’t forget to make sure you save the garden waste for your compost heap!
Younger plants and trees are most vulnerable during autumn and winter. You can buy tree-guarding wraps from your local gardening centre and start by wrapping your tree from the roots upwards. This wards off the effects of autumnal weather that may cause damage to your plants. If necessary, lift your tender species to save them from the frost. In the instance that you’re unable to move them, cover them with mulch for protection.
If the weather takes a colder turn, you’ll need to think about storing your gardening tools and equipment. Keep your tools in a shed, if you don’t have one then you may need to bring them indoors if you have the room. If you leave them outside it’s likely they will rust or become damaged when exposed to extreme weather. When it comes to looking after your garden furniture, keep it in top condition by keeping it covered. Even if you’ve invested in year-round outdoor furniture, it’s still good practice to throw a cover over it.
For more information regarding outdoor furniture care, contact a member of our sales team who will be happy to help.