Autumn is all about garden maintenance and planning, you need to get your garden ready for the harsh winter months. It is also about enjoying the fruits of your labour. If you have planted any fruits or vegetables, now might be a good time to pick them.
Clear away your garden furniture
If you have been entertaining guests in summer, now is the time to put your furniture away, to prevent it from being damaged by the rough weather. Put your BBQ covers on, wrap your chimineas and make sure you give any metal furniture a bit of a service before putting it away for the winter.
Clean patios and decking
Cleaning patios or decking is an essential part of garden maintenance. These surfaces can quickly become covered in leaves, which slowly rot and form a slippery layer over your walkways. Use a hard wearing outdoor bush to sweep up leaves, if you want to improve your sustainability you can store these leaves to use as compost.
Pressure washing your patio or decking is also a good idea, to get rid of any build up of dirt and to prevent mildew or algae.
Cut back hedges and foliage
Use a good pair of secateurs or hedge trimmers to cut back dead branches and leaves as part of your autumn garden maintenance. This will prepare you for spring, as you will prevent overgrowing and overcrowding. Autumn is also a good time to prune fruiting shrubs.
Take care of the lawn
Even in winter your grass will still need plenty of water, if you spot any brown patches on your lawn, ensure you give it some extra attention. You should also give your grass a thorough cut before the wet, cold weather sets it, as it’ll be harder to cut once it is damp. Keep weeds at bay by regularly checking for them, and clear away any fallen leaves to prevent rot.
Plant spring bulbs
If you want to enjoy bright daffodils, tulips and spring blooms you need to plant the bulbs from September to November, so they burst through as the sun starts shining more.
If you need any help with garden maintenance, our gardeners are on hand, ready to get your green space prepared for winter.