As the summer begins to fade away into autumn it’s very easy to fall into the trap of neglecting your garden. After all, we spend less time in our gardens as it gets colder. But this doesn’t mean you should forget about your garden. By investing a little time and effort, your garden should easily be able to cope with the colder, harsher weather ahead, and stay in great shape through Autumn.
How to Prepare for Autumn
The arrival of autumn brings with it a whole host of changes which can impact your garden. Gone are the long, hot days of summer. And, in their place, is a combination of wind, rain and shortening days. But you can keep your garden looking nice by following these best practices:
- Keep Young Plants and Trees Protected: Well-established plants and trees won’t exactly thrive during autumn, but they’re more resistant to the harsher conditions. But, for younger trees and plants, it’s a very different story. Strong winds and plummeting temperatures can make light work of young trunks and flowers. Therefore, start by making sure that you install tree guarding wraps to protect trunks. And ensure that all flower beds have a healthy covering of mulch and compost to provide nutrients for any young flowers.
- One Final Cut of the Grass: Mowing a lawn during autumn presents all manner of problems due to the damp conditions on offer. As a result, it’s unlikely that you will be able to cut your grass. And this means that you will to be left with an uneven and unhealthy lawn until the spring. Accordingly, before autumn truly sets in, give your lawn one final cut to neaten it out for the upcoming months.
- Tidy up Your Garden Furniture: Garden furniture is constantly in use during the summer months, but it’s unlikely to be used much during the autumn. And it may not be built to survive the autumn elements. The simplest solution is to store the furniture in a shed, but this is dependent on having room for a shed. Thankfully, you can easily protect your furniture by purchasing protective covers. These are strong enough to offer protection against the elements until it’s time to get the furniture out again.
- Net Your Pond: There’s nothing quite like a garden with a pond, but during the autumn they can soon become a nightmare. As the leaves begin to fall from the trees they can easily end up in your pond. These leaves can quickly turn your pond into an eyesore and, if you keep fish in the pond, there’s the risk of filters becoming blocked. But it’s easy to avoid this particular headache. All you need is a net to cover your pond to keep leaves and debris out.
- Encourage Wildlife: A garden wouldn’t be a garden without the presence of wildlife. And, during the autumn, you need to give your local wildlife a helping hand. Not only will this help the animals, but it will help grant your garden a personality. Luckily, it can be achieved relatively easily. Bird tables and bird boxes can quickly be installed to provide food, water and shelter for wildlife. The payoff is a garden which remains alive throughout autumn and beyond.
Preparing your garden for autumn isn’t necessarily a task that everyone has the time or ability to take on. But there’s a solution for everyone. A professional landscaper will be able to offer you the best advice and skills for getting the best out of your garden in the autumn. The end result will be a garden you can be proud of.
If you would like more advice or help preparing your garden for autumn, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.