Top Tips on Autumn and Winter Gardening

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When it comes to gardening, we tend to think of Summer as the prime time of year for our gardens to bloom. However, unfortunately for us and our gardens, we do not live in an endless Summer. However, the good news is, in the same way that we’re perfectly susceptible to the Winter months just by changing a few things about our lifestyle – if we manage our gardens accordingly, so are they! If your garden thrived all Summer long, and you’re wondering how to maintain that throughout the coming months, here are some top tips on Autumn and Winter gardening.

Dig Up Any Annual Flowers

Whether you’ve got some selling your house savings left over and are wanting to invest in your outdoor space, or you just simply enjoy spending time out in the fresh air, it never hurts to take care of your garden.

A good place to start is by getting rid of and digging up any Summer flowers you might have in your garden, and replace them with annual flowers for this time of year. 

People can feel reluctant to dig up the plants and flowers that they’re worked hard to grow and that have looked wonderful all Summer long, but leaving them there would actually be counter-productive. Not uprooting them for the colder months is likely to cause not only their deaths, but could negatively impact your soil too. The dead plants and roots can spread unhealthy disease when left in soil, so it’s best to get rid of them. Plus, if you’re replacing them with plants that thrive in the coming months, your garden is of course going to be more aesthetic. Win-win.

Fertilise Your Lawn

You know in those Winter months when it’s cold, and your skin and lips get dry? What do you? Our bet would be that you take extra care to put on moisturiser and lip salve on them every day. Well, it’s highly recommended that you do the same when it comes to your lawn.

It might sound silly, but it’s true. If you don’t “moisturise” (fertilise) your lawn, it won’t look healthy, and that’s the truth. In order to maintain a healthy growth, all plants and lawns need fertilising with good soil – and they need that extra little bit of care when the weather is cold too. Although the vast majority of plants will absorb their nutrients through their roots, a good fertiliser should do the trick for your lawn. After all, it is likely to take up the main portion of your garden.

Cut Your Perennials Back

If you’ve done your research and planted perennials in your garden, then congratulations! They flower all year round so your garden is going to look wonderful all year.

However, they do require, as most things do, a little extra care in the colder months. Most of them will find surviving even pesky ground frost easy enough, but others might struggle more. This is why it’s always a good idea to cut your perennial plants back at the change of the season. 

Just before the start of winter, it’s good to cut these flowers back right before the worst of the weather comes. This means that they’ll be ready to grow afresh, and are less likely to spread to areas of your garden where you perhaps don’t want them.

Do the Weeding

Of course, it probably goes without saying that now is the time you should be doing your weeding.

The problem is, if you don’t take the time to get your weeds under control now, then you could have a big job on your hands come springtime. It could be any type of weed – it doesn’t matter whether they’re investing your flowerbeds or pestering your pavement cracks – just ensure you get rid of them. The last thing any gardener wants is the spreading of weeds all over their garden, so prevent it before it starts. You’ll thank yourself a few months down the line.

Cover All of the Furniture, and Find Storage for Tools

Last but not least, remember to cover up all of your garden furniture and to put your tools in storage.

Yes, they might be fine outside in the Summer, but the Autumn and Winter are a different story. The fact of the matter is if you look after all of your gardening furniture and equipment, it’s likely to last you a lot longer. You don’t want to be replacing it all every year as that would be expensive and wasteful, so do the sensible thing, and put it away.

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