It’s finally time to say goodbye to the long light evenings and to cast an eye over the changes we’ll see in our gardens as autumn approaches. Even though the main growing season is coming to an end, there are still lots of jobs to be done in the garden at this time of year.
In fact, the more you do now, the easier it will be to keep your garden looking tidy for the winter. You will also be able to start next spring in good shape, by looking ahead and ensuring your garden is ready for another growing season.
One final cut of the lawn
If you haven’t already managed it, see if your lawn could do with one final trim before the colder, wetter weather sets in. It will grow more slowly over the winter months, but it will look tidier if you do manage to get that final cut done prior to putting your mower away for the year. Make sure you brush off the excess grass and clean the blades before doing so.
You should also make the effort to clear any leaves from your lawn throughout the autumn. This will help keep your grass in good condition and prevent any rot or brown patches from developing.
Anything to transplant?
If you have been thinking about moving a plant from one area of your garden to another, now is the ideal time to do it. If your garden has received a fair amount of rain, the soil will be in perfect condition to receive the transplanted shrub or plant. You can also use this time of year to plant anything new that will establish itself over the winter (think of hedge plants such as laurel for example).
Brighten up your patio
Even though the winter months bring to mind frosty mornings and darker days, you can still brighten up your garden by choosing some winter plants to add. Winter pansies are probably one of the most appealing plants (and the easiest) to plant and grow. While they are named after the coldest season, the best time to plant them is actually during the autumn months.
The best way to get a really good display is to add a couple of pots or planters to your patio. Place them somewhere you will be able to see them, and pop your flowering plants in there once you’re ready. The Rowlinson Marberry square planter would be ideal for this sort of thing.
Prepare for the early growing season next year
Even though we have autumn and winter still to go, it will soon be time to start thinking about planting seeds once again. You can get started sooner than ever if you have a grow house or cold frame to help keep seedlings and young plants warm before planting them outside.
The Palram 4’ by 2’ lean-to silver grow house is a great example of how practical and useful such things can be. If you don’t have room for a greenhouse, this could be the next best thing. You can invest in one and get it installed now, ready for the season ahead. If you still have a taste for salad, you can even grow some late salad crops in your grow house now. The autumn sun may be weaker, but the conditions in your grow house will still be good enough to encourage your seedlings to grow.
Fix those fences
You never know when the next storm or high wind is going to come along and pummel your garden at this time of the year. Now would be a good time to check the condition of your garden fencing, to see if any of the panels are looking weak and flimsy. Replace them now while the weather is still fairly good, so you’re less likely to be left with broken panels that have fallen down at the first suggestion of a storm.
Keep things tidy
This is probably one of the most important things to remember. The weather can be very changeable in the autumn, no matter where you are in the country. One windy day can see fence panels being blown down and flower pots tumbling all over your garden. Keep an eye on things daily and tidy up if need be. Take the opportunity to sweep up your decking or patio areas when the weather is drier. The rain can kick up plenty of dirt and soil and send it everywhere, so a sweep now and then is definitely called for.
With a plan of action for autumn, you’ll make it through the winter months with a much neater and tidier garden. You will also be ready to tackle the new season of planting when the spring finally arrives and the first bulbs start to push their way through the soil once again.