I think it is fair to say that Autumn is now upon us and before you know it we will be into Winter.
Here are some handy hints on how to prepare your garden for the Winter.
Clean up rotting and finished plants
Dead plants around the garden not only look untidy they can harbour disease pests and funguses. It’s time to dig out these dead plants and get rid of them, or if they are disease free you can bury them in your garden borders adding organic matter to your soil, good old-fashioned recycling!
Weeding is one of those jobs that we all hate, but it has to be done. Now is the time to do this in your garden before the ground becomes too hard. Dig these weeds up and remove them from your garden, you don’t want them growing back again!
Preparing your soil for Spring
Spring – seems a long way off, but Autumn is a good time to dig into your soil amendments such as manure, compost or bone meal. Adding these now means that it has time to start breaking down in to your soil and enriching it. It also means that come Spring you will have already done a lot of the hard work!
For extra protection cover the areas where you’ve added manure etc with plastic sheeting or something similar to protect the soil and stop rain from washing it away, this applies specially to raised beds since they drain more than in-ground beds. Simply remove the plastic sheeting in early spring give it a light hoe and it will be ready for spring planting.
Autumn is a good time to trim some perennial plants, though make sure you choose the right ones. Prune clump-forming perennials. Reduce clumps of perennials such as hardy geraniums, Astrantias and Alchemilla to ground level during autumn. Use secateurs to cut away all the dead foliage and tidy up the plant ready for winter.
Now is the time to start planting bulbs to ensure an array of colourful flowers come Springtime.
Plant spring-flowering bulbs, such as daffodils, crocus and hyacinths, preferably by the end of September.
Plant hardy summer-flowering bulbs, such as lilies, alliums and crocosmia, in September and October and finally plant tulips in November.
If you don’t have the time or the energy to do put into practice any of our handy hints feel free to contact us and we can help!