With Autumn setting in fast, colder mornings and dark nights are just around the corner and the trees are about to start shedding.
(Image by Freepik shows red and golden leaves falling to the floor)
As much as the temptation might be to close the curtains, put the big light on and hunker down until March, it’s not quite winter yet and there are jobs to be done!
Spending time in the garden during the Autumn months to do a little tidying or preparation gives you a great head-start when it comes to next spring. Rather than thinking about cleaning up next year, think of preparation this year: trust us, future you will thank you for it.
And, because we want to help you make the most of your home and garden, we’ve scoured around for the best tips from Garden Experts:
- Empty out hanging baskets and pots, clean and store them. You can compost all of the contents. We love this rotating composter from The Range.
- Clear the guttering and grass of fallen leaves to prevent them from stopping drainage. Leaf mould makes for fantastic fertiliser and can also be composted.
- Prune or cut hedges, borders and grass, cut away any dead flowers or leaves. The last brown bin collection from Stoke-on-Trent City Council is currently scheduled for the week commencing 30 October if you don’t have a compost bin.
- Plant your spring bulbs and seeds: you can put in Snowdrops, Crocuses, Hyacinths, Tulips, Bluebells and of course, Daffodils.
- Clean and cover your garden furniture.
- Clean out bird boxes and feeders.
- If you have room, create a log or wood pile for use as a wildlife shelter.
- Check your fences, gates and walls, make any repairs and coat (where necessary) with winter proofing paint or stain.
- Line greenhouse windows with bubble wrap to prevent freezing.
We would love to hear your tips! If we’ve missed anything out, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll feature it on our social media sites!