It is getting to that time of the year when we start to spend more time indoors than out, but that doesn’t mean we have to neglect our outdoor spaces such as the garden. In fact, the garden can be fabulous in Autumn and even Winter with the right amount of tender loving care.
The garden can be enjoyed all year round and we hope that these garden make over tips will help you to enjoy it in all seasons.
The autumn and winter months are ideal to prepare for a stunning Spring garden so make sure you don’t hibernate during these months.
Out with the old and in with the new
Autumn can feel like a difficult few months in the garden with what feels like a never ending supply of leaves falling from the trees and plants in the garden. Even if you don’t have any large trees of your own you will find lots of brown stuff floating in to your garden.
It is best to keep on top of this as much as possible and use as much as you can for mulching purposes.
While clearing away, start to think about what you are going to add to your garden or what you want to be flowering in Spring as this will help keep you motivated.
Autumn is the perfect time of year to carry out a little tree maintenance. Trimming trees back for the winter – especially evergreens such as conifers. They will have grown so much over the summer but you may not realise quite how much as the process is gradual. Trimming back for the winter is perfect as there will be little growth between now and mid-Spring.
If you can’t do this yourself then find a local tree surgeon to help with the bigger tasks and if you need a tree felling it has to be a job for the professionals.
Winter bedding plants
Winter bedding plants such as pansies are the perfect thing to consider as the nights draw in. The garden can look beautiful as the colours fade from lush greens to golds and browns but a splash of colour can really liven up the garden and give it a second lease of life.
Deep blues and purples work well and darker reds will complement the golden hues perfectly.
Adding the nutrients back
The summer will have taken a lot out of the garden and it could be telling in its appearance. Whether the garden looks tired or not there will be a huge need for replenishing the nutrients in the ground. The grass will be in need of regular feeding and your flower beds will also need some TLC.
If you have a vegetable patch then think about your crop rotation and be sure to add nutrient rich compost to your beds to allow them to replenish and be ready to go again for when you are ready to sow.
Above all, don’t hibernate through the winter and ignore your garden. Get out, enjoy it, drink hot drinks and spend time preparing for the better months ahead.