We can’t believe we’re saying this, but the lead up to the best month of the year has started and we’ve got all the advice on what you should be doing to take care of your garden as the weather takes a turn.
- Time to fall back.
Whilst many of the sunny and brightly coloured plants may be coming to the end of their lifespan, there’s no reason why you can’t still enjoy a pop of colour and life in the garden throughout autumn and winter.
- Pansies should be planted in September when the soil is still warm with the early autumn sunshine. If you choose to plant them now, you’ll increase your chances of them producing bushier tops which guarantees copious amounts of flowering to follow.
- Primroses are known for being frost-hardy plants that provide a burst of colour in your garden throughout winter.
- Bellis’ are a popular choice to border your flower beds throughout autumn and winter as they grow a glossy and aesthetically pleasing foliage. These stunning flowers are mainly available in red, white, and pink.
- Wallflowers, commonly referred to as ‘winter joy’, will flower in late autumn and winter to add a touch of personality to your winter wonderland.
- Violas may look dainty and delicate but they have a considerable survival rate in the frost and snow which is why they’re a reliable choice to flower through the colder seasons.
- Harvest autumnal fruit and vegetables.
If you were proactive in planting and caring for your autumnal produce earlier in the year, you’re sure in for a treat throughout the next three months.
Fruit and veg that you can harvest and enjoy now includes apples, cabbage, cranberries, green beans, parsnips, and unsurprisingly, pumpkins.
Starting to wish you’d pre-empted the need to enjoy something from your garden throughout the bleaker months? Plan ahead and make the decision to plant autumnal produce in the spring and summer months – the list of fruit and veg that you can grow and harvest in the winter is substantial.
- Prepare your greenhouse.
With the temperatures dropping outside, you need to keep your most vulnerable plants and produce protected in the greenhouse.
Therefore, wash away any black out paint that was blocking out the overbearing sun during the summer months to allow the minimal amount of autumn sun in.
You should also consider insulating your greenhouse, but only in the instance that it is absolutely necessary. For example, if your greenhouse plants are only susceptible to freeze at night, hang blankets in front of the glass panels to prevent the frost from getting in. If they’re struggling in general, you could recycle polystyrene trays as makeshift insulation for your exposed plants to sit inside.
- Prevent rot.
With falling leaves in full swing, it’s a major job to keep on top of them, but is extremely important in order to prevent rot formulating in your garden.
Remain on top of areas that get particularly damp such as the grass and ponds. The best thing to do with fallen leaves is to add them to your compost pile where they can break down and decompose without infecting anything healthy.
- Replenish bird feeders.
Winter brings a dangerous and treacherous few months for our wild birds, making it near impossible to find food. Things like suet, nuts, cracked corn, nectar, and seeds are all foods that will provide them with the energy they need.
Primarily, wild birds require foods that have a high oil content and contain lots of calories to ensure they maintain full and are able to keep going throughout the winter.
- Maintain unruly weeds.
Autumn brings many rain showers and less daylight. Not only does this put gardeners off from working on their garden, but an abundance of rain is exactly what weeds need to expand underground.
When we’re treated to a rare dry spell, be sure to tackle the weeds in your garden, roots included. This way, you decrease your chances of being surprised in the spring when your garden has been overtaken by unwanted weeds.
- Plant spring flowering bulbs.
Lastly, you can actually plant your spring flowering bulbs now to have an array of colour ready in the garden when the first signs of spring emerge in March.
You can enjoy the likes of tulips, daffodils, spring crocuses, irises, and hyacinths throughout the spring and summer. If only you remember to plant their bulbs now to provide them with enough time to shoot up.
Each season produces a different landscape for our gardens and we love seeing what each one brings with it. For further advice on what you should be doing for your garden in autumn, ask one of our home gardeners when you visit or locate the ‘Jobs in the Garden’ section on our homepage.