Make sure your garden is fully ready for the change in seasons with this handy guide to looking out for plants and furniture as autumn rolls round!
Although you probably spend most of the time in your back-garden during the spring and summer months, that doesn’t mean you want things to start deteriorating out the back as soon as the poor weather forces you and the family back inside. In fact, it is exactly because of the additional wind and rain that you need to take the time to prepare your garden for the autumn and winter ahead; to protect any pond installations, delicate plants and flowers or any expensive garden furniture from suffering permanent damage while you aren’t out there to keep a regular eye on it.
So what’s the best way to get your garden ready for autumn? Well, to help you get planning for the extra wet and windy conditions that usually come around with a UK winter, we have come up with the following tips and pieces of advice – which should at least start putting you on the right track.
Autumn Garden Tips
- Firstly – and this may sound a little obvious – but don’t wait until autumn actually rolls round to start on any preparatory work in your gardens. If you don’t start thinking ahead while the weather is still fairly warm, you might have to spend a lot of time in the cold and damp outdoors sorting and putting things away – which really is about as attractive as it sounds.
- If you have any expensive garden furniture or tools and equipment lying around over the summer (including – but not limited to – garden dining furniture, lawnmowers, metal tools and delicate ornaments), then you need to find somewhere safe and secure to lock them away as autumn starts to bring more wind and rain. This could be in a shed, garage or greenhouse – just make sure there is room for everything before you start piling bits and bobs inside.
- Prune any overhanging branches and shrubs that might be particularly at risk from falling and damaging your garden or home during stormy weather – this will give them enough time to grow back once spring starts to roll around next year.
- Empty any overloaded compost bins to decrease pollution as well, as the wet weather will make things more damp and prone to bad smells wafting about the garden.
- Remove greenhouse shading to increase light levels as days start to get shorter – this keeps plants that might require additional warmth thriving for longer.
- Tidy up garden borders, perimeters and flower beds as close to winter as you can too; that way you prevent the possibility of plant debris and leaves filling up your garden in almost no time at all.
- While you’re at it – don’t forget to mow the lawn as well; you want things to be as tidy and neat as possible for when you go back to gardening on a regular basis.
- Finally, check your exterior guttering and down-pipes for any kind of blockages or potential blockages before autumn settles in and leaves begin to fall at an alarming rate; this might save you the bother of calling out a drainage expert or handyman contractor, which could cost you a lot of unnecessary expense!