Even though we don’t want to say it, but we must at some point… ‘goodbye summer’. After the scorcher we have had this year, it's time to start looking at getting our gardens Autumn ready. Autumn can be one of the best seasons; all the colours and crunching leaves can be beautiful. Here’s a few tips to make sure you get the most out of your autumn garden, by getting a head start, to keeping things tidy over the winter months and preparing for next year.
Cut your lawn before the cold and wet weather sets in. Raise the height of your mower and aim to leave at least 2.0 – 2.5 inches of grass. Firstly, it reduces the amount of stress on your lawn and secondly, it increases the rate of photosynthesis it produces, keeping your lawn healthier over winter. Don’t forget to feed your lawn with an Autumn Lawn Fertiliser. This will contain essential elements including Nitrogen, Manganese, Iron and Potassium, which will give you a much stronger grass plant the following spring.
Keep leaves off your lawn but keep them in areas like borders and natural habitat areas. They will provide a natural layer of insulation against frost and will provide a huge array of wildlife shelter, warmth, and food. Be sure to sweep leaves off paving and walkways, as they become slippery and dangerous. Wash your outdoor patio furniture and if possible, store it away in a shed or garage.
If you have a pond you may want to prepare for the months ahead. If your pond is of a manageable size, then clearing away fallen leaves and other materials wont be too much of a job, but if it’s larger scale, then covering your pond with a net will stop the majority of falling leaves from polluting the water.
Check your tools. The sharper the equipment, the less damage it causes to your plants. Sharpen secateurs, law mower blades and shears and keep them clean. Using a stiff scrubbing brush to remove built up soil from the blades, wash with water and dry with an old towel. Drying will prevent any wooden handles from absorbing the water which may result in swelling and breakage and will also prevent the metal from rusting. Applying a thin protective layer of general-purpose oil will also prevent any rusting. Clean tools cut more cleanly, leaving a tidy wound which should heal fully and reduce the risk of spreading any diseases or fungi to other plants.
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