Get your garden autumn ready
By John Brennan, 16/09/2021
With our non-existent summer coming to an end, gardeners might be forgiven for feeling less than optimistic about autumn’s arrival. However, just because the sun is setting earlier and the frost will soon be creeping in, doesn’t mean there’s any shortage of things to do in your garden.
Yes, your garden usually looks its most resplendent during spring and summer, but there are still plenty of plants that can thrive throughout the colder months… you just have to know which ones to plant.
Here are our tips for making your garden thrive during autumn, and what you can do now to sow the seeds for a successful spring and summer:
Prime planting season
The air may be cold but the ground is warm and moist, so you have to take advantage of this before the extreme weather settles in. It’s the perfect time to fill the gaps in your borders with evergreens like daphne and sarcococca, which will flourish even in the depths of winter. Now is also the time to start thinking ahead; for a bountiful crop come spring, start planting fruit trees and bushes. You can also begin planting spring flowering bulbs like lilies and daffodils in September, along with tulips once the soil has cooled down in November.
Relocate vulnerable plants
While the cold weather might not be conducive to all plants flourishing outside, there are some small adjustments you can make. Find a sunny spot near a window and grow an indoor herb garden with mint, chives, rosemary, parsley, oregano and thyme. Then, once the warmer weather returns, you can replant these outside.
Improve soil structure
During these leaner months, your soil needs all the extra nutrients it can get. A cost effective way of doing this is using dead leaves that begin to fall at the start of autumn; you can use this as mulch or pile it into your compost bin. Once the leaves have begun to crumble a little, they’re ready to use on your borders. This will add organic matter and a more complex structure to your soil, as well as preventing the build up of pests and disease, and decomposing leaves clogging up water filters in your ponds. It really is win-win.
Be vigilant with your lawn
If you want your lawn to be a picture perfect green next summer, you’ll need to put in the legwork now. Remove any thatch on the surface level with a rake and then add this to your compost heap. After you have done this, you’ll need to apply autumn lawn treatment to ensure it’s protected when the temperature drops, as well as using a garden fork to create deep holes near paths to improve drainage. And if you need to relay your lawn? Now is the best time to do it to ensure it’s properly embedded before summer.
If you’d like further advice on what changes you need to make as your garden transitions from summer into autumn, reach out to us today. Contact us via telephone at 0113 262 1214 or you fill out our enquiry form and someone will be in touch shortly.