The days are starting to get shorter and there’s a distinct smell in the air that indicated autumn is truly on its way. For you gardeners out there, the change in seasons also means a change in your gardening practices. If you aren’t sure what you need to do to keep your garden in shape this autumn, here is a list of the most important gardening jobs for you to get to grips with.
Clear the garden
In autumn, one of the most important things you must do is keep the garden clear of debris. That means you need to get out there with a rake or leaf blower and start collecting twigs, leave and other debris so that they can easily be removed from the parts of your garden (paths and patios) where they would otherwise rot and cause a potential trip hazard. But, don’t throw them away – pile them up in those little-used corners where they will be used as a safe place to stay for hedgehogs and other wildlife, or throw them on the compost heap if you prefer.
Feed and dig the soil
Autumn is the perfect time for digging over your soil and feeding it with a good natural fertiliser. By doing this, you can ensure it is in good shape ready for your next planting session. Just remember to also dig out any dead plants and add a new layer of compost to protect leftover plants from the harshness of the coming winter.
Plant some flowers
Many people new to gardening don’t associate autumn with planting, but there are many plants and flowers, including onesies, roses, and peonies, which can be planted in the autumn ready to spring into full bloom in… well, spring.
Scarify the lawn
If you have an artificial grass lawn, then this is one step you’ll be glad to hear you can skip, however, if your lawn is the real deal, autumn is the time when you are going to want to scarify it, by which we mean, you should remove signs of all moss, weeds and dead patches of grass. You can then aerate the lawn and reseed it so that when spring comes around again, it will be healthier than ever.
Prune the hedges
Most of us let our hedges grow more freely in the summer when they provide extra privacy, and hopefully a tasty treat or two, but when autumn comes around, it’s time to prune them ad cut them back so that they can remain healthy and provide a fresh crop of fruit next year. Once pruned, make sure to provide plenty of water, lest your hedges die off.
Secure against wind damage
Winter tends to get pretty windy in many places, so autumn is the ideal time to check out how vulnerable your plants are likely o be in the wind, and where necessary, secure them with windbreak protections and horticulture fleeces so they, hopefully, live to see another autumn after this one.