Don't Forget About The Garden This Autumn

There's plenty to be getting on with!

Rather than leaving your garden to fend for itself over the autumn and winter months, there’s plenty to be getting on with so that you can be safe in the knowledge your garden will be looking its best come spring!



Establish a new lawn

Warm rains in autumn make this an ideal time to establish a new lawn, either from seed or turf. Seeds should be sown evenly (don’t choose to do this on a blustery day!) and afterwards, the soil should be given a light raking to partially cover the seed. When laying turf, give the surface of the ground a really good rake to facilitate the grass roots binding into the earth and then water and lightly roll until the lawn is durable. 

Plant bulbs for spring 

Autumn is a good time to plant spring bulbs before the winter kicks in, and gives you less to do in the colder months when the weather is less hospitable. They like well fertilised, free draining soil. Mix in sharp sand and bone meal for slow release of nutrients that feed bulbs over a long period of time. 

Repair and maintain garden structures

Take the opportunity in autumn before it gets much colder to have a tidy up in the garden so that everything is ready to go once spring rolls back around. Repair any garden structures such as fencing and sheds that might be showing signs of decay/damage and replace accordingly, and repair any broken glass panels in the greenhouse before it houses vulnerable plants over the winter months. Now is also the time to service any tools such as hedge trimmers and lawnmowers so that they’re good to go in the spring. 

Cover and clean ponds 

Temporarily cover ponds and water features with a net so that leaves don’t clog up the water as they continue to fall from trees. It’s also a good time to give ponds a really good clean out now that most of the wildlife is becoming dormant. Make sure you clean away any weeds and debris, and remove tender water plants into the conservatory or greenhouse before the frost hits. Make sure that ponds are not allowed to freeze over in the winter if they’re home to fish.

Clear away fallen leaves 

Clear up dead leaves from garden paths and lawns once all the trees are bare. Try to do this whilst they are still crisp and dry rather than waiting for them to become wet and soggy on the ground. Use a stiff brush and soapy water when the paths are free of leaves to give the paving a good clean so that it’s less slippery in the harsher weather.  



Protect vulnerable plants

Make sure that you use the time in autumn before the winter months to bring any tender plants into a heated greenhouse or conservatory. You should also raise any patio containers onto bricks or purpose built stands to avoid them sitting in water during the winter months. Now is also the time to stop feeding plants, as this will encourage soft, sappy growth that will be vulnerable to damage caused by the wet and frosty weather. 

Plant trees and shrubs 

Now is the time to plant/move trees and shrubs. Avoid planting in water-logged or frozen conditions. Bare-root and rootballed trees are only available in autumn and winter and should be planted immediately. Container plants can be planted at any time during the year, but are easier to care for if they are planted during the autumn or winter months as they will require less watering.

Autumn is a good time to move evergreen trees and shrubs in the garden. Keep in mind when transplanting trees and shrubs that the roots of the plant should be kept out of the ground for the shortest amount of time as possible. Prepare the planting hole in advance and take care not to damage the roots of the plant when digging it out to transplant it. Moving now will give your trees and shrubs plenty of time over the winter to get established before spring arrives.

Publish date: 03/10/2017