It’s that time of year again when we have to think about a variety of autumnal gardening tasks. Now is the time to prepare for the winter months ahead, and there are several things you can do to make sure your garden stays looking its best before the colder weather comes.
Take good care of more fragile plants
Since this is the time the weather usually starts to change, it is the prime time to preserve and protect those plants that hate the frost. If you have a greenhouse, pop them in there, or find a place for them on the kitchen windowsill. If the frost gets to them they could well die – and you never know just how soon that first frost will arrive.
Look ahead to the spring
It might seem odd to think about the spring just as the autumn is getting started, but if you want to have a riot of colour and excitement in your garden in spring, you have to start now.
Plant out the bulbs that will come to fruition in springtime – daffodils are just one popular example, but there are many more.
Think about transforming your garden now
Do you have plans to transform your garden? Perhaps you’re thinking of planting some hedges to soften those fenced borders? Now is the time to do it, so they can establish themselves over the winter and look good by the time the warm weather arrives next year.
You can also think about adding other items to your garden that aren’t alive. Garden statues fit into many different types of gardens for example, and they come in all shapes and sizes. You don’t need a large ornamental garden to make the most of a statue.
Another good example is to add a bird bath. Birds of all kinds appreciate well tended bird baths during the winter. Make sure there is always fresh water there and break any layers of ice that form on it in really cold weather.
Get stuck into lawn maintenance
If your lawn is looking the worse for wear, now is the perfect time to change that. Rake it over to get rid of dead grass and moss, and look for any obvious weeds. These can be dug out by the root.
The next step is to sow grass seed in any bald patches or thin spots. Consider getting the right type of grass seed for your purposes too – most people want something that is easy to maintain and quite tough. It’s a good idea to cover larger areas with netting, especially if your garden has cats or birds as frequent visitors.
Even though you may think of autumn as a time for winding down in the garden, you can see this simply isn’t true. The nature of the jobs may change, but they are all designed to ensure your garden looks its best throughout winter and into next spring. You could have the best back garden in your area with a little work done now.
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