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Autumn Garden Ideas – What Works and What Doesn’t

Summer may be over but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to get out into our gardens and enjoy ourselves.

There are an abundance of plants that can be sown, projects to be started and tasks to get underway. All of which are perfect for this time of year!

Below are a few garden ideas that will enable you to make the most out of your garden this Autumn as well as some top tips on avoiding the gardening mistakes that can be easily made around this time.

You may be longing for a little summer colour in your garden during the cooler months, so planting various autumn containers with flowers such as pansies, heather, and cyclamen are perfect for a little pop of late season colour.

Now, this one may seem like a chore rather than something enjoyable however, you’ll thank us in the springtime for this top tip.

Start by cleaning away any rotting or finished plants. This will help prevent any pests, disease and will keep your garden neat and tidy during the winter months.

Next you should spread some organic compost over the soil. This will allow the worms and many other creatures to work it over the winter improving soil health.

In the long term, this will offer an abundance of benefits such as cost saving, improved crop yield, workability as well as reducing your dependence on chemical fertilisers.

Autumn is also a great time to start thinking about and preparing for your spring garden. The soil is still warm, and the roots system can start to develop meaning you’ll have your first bloom in spring rather than summer. That will definitely be one way of lifting our spirts after a long, dark winter! Blubs are perfect to start planting during the Autumn months and tulips, snowdrops, and daffodils are our favourite.

Remember as we edge into the cooler, wetter months this doesn’t mean we don’t have to keep watering our plants. They might not need just as much water in the autumn as they did in the summer but it’s still important to keep watering them just so they don’t dry out. We don’t want all our hard work to go down the drain now!

Next up is fertiliser. We all know how important it is to give our plants some TLC. However, there’s no need to do this during the autumn months. This is because with less hours of sunlight and a decline in warm weather our plants start slowing down their growth and therefore, don’t need any extra nutrients. Save this one for the springtime!

Who ever said Autumn is the time to give up on your garden? I think we can see that it is definitely one of the busiest months on our gardening calendar. If you put the time and effort into your garden now and have just a little patience you will get a head start next spring and reap the rewards that follow.

 

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