As the days get shorter and the temperatures drop, Autumn approaches. And as gorgeous (and orange) as some of the scenes may become, our summer-themed gardens will come to an end till next year. Therefore, it would be a good idea, especially if you are obsessed with your garden, to prepare both your front and back garden for the season - this way, you will have less to do when Spring arrives too!
Start off by examining your garden; (bearing in mind you should be doing this during that awkward transition between Summer and Autumn) look for any overgrown plants, weeds, what needs to be removed from the garden i.e. bulbs and outdoor furniture, if your pond is clean, any unsafe branches on your trees? And with so much more to think about, just wander around your gardens perimeter and make a list of all the things that need doing for preparation - it’s basic organisation!
If you aren’t really sure what you are looking for, worry not, as this blog will provide you with some guidance on the situation:
- After going through your checklist, I would advise you to spray weed killer on the lawn and round any severely-affected areas.
- Tidy away any rubbish you have i.e. any wood, mulch or genuine litter that's found in your bushes or on your driveway.
- Move any outdoor furniture I.e. barbecues, tables and chairs, sofas. Outdoor furniture is incredibly modern and popular over the last few years, so ensure you store them away ready for next Summer!
- Invest in some pond nets, which is netting that goes over the top of your ponds to prevent any decomposing leaves entering the water and blocking the pipes.
- Clear out your compost bins.
- If you are desperate to have some sort of plants in your garden in the next few months, investing in some low light plants will help with the decoration.
Another important thing you should remember to do is spring clean your sheds and greenhouses. These are both significant assets to your garden, as you can store all of your outdoor furniture and tools in the sheds and maintain your plants in the greenhouse.
In terms of the shed, I would recommend throwing away any old, useless clutter that’s just living in the shed and won’t be used, keep things in there that are useful such as the lawnmower, toolboxes, bikes etc. If you have a garage you could always transfer some things into there if there is enough space available.
On the other hand, regarding the greenhouse, you should be disposing of any dead plants, debris and then disinfecting the area.
Doing all of these things will help not only make your garden look nice during Autumn, but get you semi-prepared for the Spring. So get your rake on standby and enjoy your Autumn!
Thank you for reading.