Autumn has arrived and there’s a few essential things that need to be done around the garden. We’ve compiled a list of five autumn gardening tips in order to make sure your garden is in the best shape to face the approaching winter months.
1) Feed Your Lawn
Grass roots continue to grow quickly in your garden even as the weather starts to turn cooler. Therefore, now is the perfect time for you to control lawn moss growth. To do this you should apply autumn lawn fertilizer, delivering those essential nutrients for your grass to grow deep roots.
Top tip: As a result of fertilising now, nutrients are kept on reserve for a healthy start next spring
2) Plant Flower Bulbs
September and early October is the time to plant all of your spring bulbs. It’s a simple and fun way to create colour in your garden. As you shop for your bulbs, look out for those that are big and firm, rejecting any that are soft or showing signs of mould. Next, when planting the bulbs, a good rule of thumb is to plant them at a depth of about three times the height of the bulb. Snowdrops, daffodils and crocuses will all create a beautiful display of colour from January to early summer.
Top tip: If you’re not sure which way is up for a bulb, put them on their side
3) Prepare For Christmas
Winter is coming quicker than ever! If you’re looking for a nice Christmas display now is the time to start thinking about your choices. Freesias, hyacinths and daffodils are great options to start forcing now as they take about 10 weeks from potting to come into flower. In due time you’ll have a magnificent display thanks to your preparation in autumn. For more in-depth advice on how to grow bulbs for Christmas, check out the RHS advice section.
4) Protect Your Plants
As the nights get shorter and cooler it’s time to protect your half-hardy plants. Bring your tender flowers in, for example, fuchsias, to a frost-free environment. You can protect any tender specimens that can’t be moved with horticultural fleece. As a result your plants will stay protected over the winter period.
Top Tip: Any hardy plants in pots should be put on bricks now in order to help prevent water-logging during the coming winter months
5) Look After Your Birds
From pest control to flower pollination, birds can be fantastic aids to your garden throughout the year. Gardeners can repay the bird’s help by ensuring there’s enough food for them. High energy seed blends will keep the birds going through the winter months. Placing the food in hanging feeders is a great way to look after the birds as you observe them. Remember to leave out water for the birds to bathe and drink too.
Top Tip: Add a small ball to your water, as it moves in the wind a small area will remain ice-free
By ticking off our autumn garden checklist, you can enjoy a relaxing break during the winter. Enjoy it while it lasts because it will soon be time to start again! Let us know what your top autumn gardening tips are.