How to prepare your garden for autumn
While the summer might be the best time to enjoy the fruits of your gardening labour during the spring, it is also a good idea to start preparing for the autumn. The cooling of the weather during autumn will signal to the plants to start transitioning toward their hibernation phase for the winter, so there is plenty to do to ensure your garden is ready for the change.
The first item on the agenda is an examination of all the areas where plants, grass and other vegetation grows. Identify bald patches of soil that may require some fresh topsoil and take note of any overgrown plants that should be trimmed down or divided.
You will also want to take note of which bulbs and potted herbs will need to be brought indoors before winter. A space with some sunlight but not exposed to the harsher conditions like frost will suffice to ensure you can enjoy fresh herbs for a longer period of time.
Autumn Soil Preparation
It is advisable to take care of your soil during the autumn by adding in nutrient-rich topsoil or some compost. The nutrients in the current soil will have been depleted over the spring and summer as the plants use them to grow, so adding in some fresh topsoil during autumn will improve the soil quality throughout the following winter. Doing this will ensure your soil is primed and ready to feed your plants again next spring.
After laying the new layer of topsoil, mix it into the older soil by turning it with a gardening fork. Be extra generous with the new topsoil or compost in areas where plants have previously struggled to grow.
Autumn Lawn Care
Lawns are many a gardener’s pride and joy and they too need some care during autumn. One of the best things you can do in autumn is apply weed killer as it will get rid of the unwanted seeds that landed during the summer, helping your lawn be weed-free when the warmer weather kick-starts growth again next spring.
Pets should be kept out of the garden for a good few hours while the weed killing chemicals are absorbed by the weeds on the lawn.
Trees and Shrubs
Check around all your trees and perennial shrubs for any mulch and detritus that has gather over the summer. Clearing this away will remove moisture traps that can cause mould or mildew to set in during winter.
Check for signs of any rot on branches, especially larger trees that could cause some damage elsewhere should a rotten branch break off during a windy winter moment. Autumn is a good time for this task as many trees are shedding their leaves which makes it easier to inspect the branches.
Also have a good nose around your perennial shrubs to check for any signs of disease such as spotted leaves and rotting stems. There are some chemical treatments which may help heal some shrubs, though you may simply need to prune affected branches or remove the plant entirely before the disease can spread to other plants. Add some soil-improving compost to areas left bare by removed shrubs.
If you require products to help prepare your garden during autumn such as topsoil bulk bags or nutrient-rich compost, then contact Springbridge via our website or call today on 0845 370 1921 for more information.