Did you feel that chill in the air this morning? Yes autumn is on its way, heralding the end of a gorgeous, long summer. But don’t get too depressed just yet – there’s still plenty to do in your garden before you can hang up your gardening gloves and hibernate in front of the fire! In fact, we have some top tips on how to get your garden ready for autumn and winter right here, so read on…

1. Plant your spring bulbs
gardening imageYes, now is the time to get your daffodils, tulips and other bulb plants in the ground. Make sure they’re in by mid-October and you’ll be reaping the benefits come March.

2.Get trimming!
Now’s the time to trim back your shrubs and perennials that have gone dormant in preparation for yet another year of fabulous growth.

tidy garden

3.Time to tidy
The autumn can wreak havoc with your garden so now’s the best time to give it a ‘spring’ clean. Put away any loose tools or plant pots you may have to save them being blown over in the wind and cover up your garden furniture to protect it against the rain.

4. Don’t give up
Autumn is still a great time to plant, so stock up on hardy shrubs and keep adding to your garden. Don’t forget, you can also use raised beds and cold frames where the soil is warmer all year round.

5. Divide them up
plantAny dormant perennials you may have can be divided in autumn in order to spread them out in your garden, or give them to friends.

So, all is not lost, there’s still plenty for you to do! But don’t worry, we won’t judge if you’d rather curl up on the sofa with a mug of hot chocolate.

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