Summer is not quite over but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t start to think about preparing your garden design for the autumn, so have a look over our top tips and see what you can do with your garden.
The warm weather in the summer time can make your garden flourish, with lots of sunshine and a little tender care, you can have a garden that most people can only dream of. However, the cold and wet weather experienced during the autumn and winter can mean you have to start preparing your garden all over again next spring! So, do yourself a favour and start preparing your garden for the colder months a little earlier.
The weather in September and October is always a little bit milder than the rest of the autumn and winter months, so make the most of this mild weather. The first step to maintaining your garden is to remove the dead leaves, clear up flower beds and make space for maintenance required to make your garden look happier in the colder months. You should also ‘de-weed’ your garden in preparation, this means removing all weeds to ensure your plants have more space to grow during the autumn and winter.
If there was a particular plant you were fond of this spring, then make sure you take cuttings of it so you can attempt to recreate the plant again in 2014. Cuttings should be approximately four inches long with all leaves removed. They can be stored in a fridge or any other cold place to keep them fresh and ready for Spring next year.
It’s important to also feed your plants for one last time before the cold weather really hits. Consider autumn and winter as hibernation for plants, therefore they need one last big feed before coming out of hibernation in the spring time.
If you have any pot plants then you could consider moving them inside or into a warmer, more sheltered area to protect them from the wind and rain. The perfect place for these plants is likely to be on a window sill, as they can remain warm but also have the added bonus of sunshine (if there is any!).
Finally, if you are looking to create a new garden design, then you should consider doing so in this colder period. Not only can you ensure your garden is maintained but you can also enjoy a new garden design in the summer!