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A Ten Step Guide To Autumn Garden Maintenance

In the Northern Hemisphere and heading into fall? Read our ten step guide to autumn garden maintenance.

Autumn is a spectacular time in the garden with rich harvest and an abundance of color. A few tips and tricks will help to keep your garden in top shape and prepare it for the cold months ahead. Fall, with its mild temperatures and gradually diminishing daylight, provides an ideal backdrop for a shift in gardening focus. The natural rhythm of plant life undergoes a transformation as energy is redirected from growth to consolidation. The preparation plants make during this time greatly influences their resilience through the harshness of winter and their vigor when spring unfurls once again. For gardeners, this shift calls for a shift in their approach – from nurturing new growth to safeguarding existing life. See our tips below.

1.Clean Up

Spring and summer brings an abundance of growth and by autumn many plants and flowers have begun to die down. It is a great time to prune, dig up spring bulbs and of course rake up all of those leaves that are likely to be falling all over the garden.

2. Compost and Mulch

Now is the time to spread your compost throughout the garden and mulch plants ahead of the cold winter months. This will help to protect roots from frost and retain nutrients in the soil.

3. Re-locate Plants

Late autumn is a good time to assess which plants and pots may need to move to a different location ahead of winter. Start planning frost cover and storage of dormant bulbs. You may need to bring more delicate plants into a sheltered position, away from the threat of winter frost.

4. Water

The cooler autumn days will mean your garden requires less water than during the summer months. It is a great time to invest in a garden water tank that can be used to collect water throughout the wet winter months to water your garden in the summer.

5. Divide and Conquer

Autumn is an excellent time to divide and transplant perennials that have outgrown their current location. This practice promotes stronger root systems and healthier growth in the following seasons.

6. Bulb Planting

Plant spring-flowering bulbs like tulips, daffodils, and crocuses in the fall before the ground freezes. This allows them to establish roots before winter and burst into vibrant blooms when spring arrives.

7. Lawn Care

Give your lawn some attention by aerating the soil, overseeding to fill in bare patches, and applying a slow-release fertilizer. These measures strengthen your lawn’s resilience against winter cold and stress.

8. Container Plants

Move potted plants indoors or to a sheltered area before the first frost, especially if they are not cold-hardy. Alternatively, wrap containers with insulating material to protect roots from freezing.

9. Final Harvest

Harvest remaining vegetables, fruits, and herbs from your garden before they are damaged by frost. Don’t forget to store or preserve your harvest to enjoy its freshness during the colder months.

10. Plan for Next Year

While your garden is in transition, take the time to reflect on this year’s successes and challenges. Consider improvements, new plantings, or changes to the layout for the next growing season. Research and order seeds if you’re planning to start from scratch. By following these ten tips for autumn garden maintenance, you’ll create a solid foundation for a thriving garden next year while ensuring your plants’ well-being through the colder months.

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