As we transition from the hot days of summer to the cooler days of autumn, it’s time to start thinking about winterizing your garden. Taking care of your garden during the autumn months will help ensure that your plants and trees survive the winter and come back in full bloom when spring arrives. Let’s take a look at some of the tasks you should do in autumn to prepare your garden for winter.
Tidy Up Your Garden Beds
Start by removing all dead or dying foliage, weeds, and debris from your garden beds. Clear away any fallen leaves and twigs and discard them in an organic compost pile or put them in your greenwaste bin for collection. Trim back any overgrown shrubs or bushes that have finished flowering. If you have any vines growing up trellises, make sure they are securely tied up so they don’t get damaged. Don’t do a winter prune of your roses until late July as early pruning will encourage new shoots which may be damaged by frosts throughout July and into August.
Planting trees and shrubs
Autumn is a great time for planting new trees and shrubs. The soil is still warm and the new plants will establish their roots, enabling a strong start to the new season when the warmer weather arrives in Spring. It’s also a good time to divide perennials like Campanulas, Bergenias, Shasta Daisies, Asters and Hostas.
Prep Garden beds for Spring Bulbs and Flowers
If you are aiming for a beautiful display of bulbs like Daffodils, Jonquils, Tulips, Hyacinths etc, then early Autumn is the time to start preparing your garden beds by incorporating a well composted organic material like mushroom compost, manure and adding additional nutrients like blood and bone, gypsum and specific bulb fertilisers. The earlier these beds are prepared before planting of the bulbs, the better your Spring display will be! Don’t be fall for the temptation of planting your Spring bulbs too early – wait until the soil has cooled down in late April/May.
Mulch Your Gardens
Mulching is one of the best ways to protect your gardens from cold weather and conserve water at the same time. A layer of mulch helps insulate soil temperatures and reduce evaporation, which means less watering for you! Spread a 50-75mm layer of organic mulch around each plant in your garden beds, making sure to keep it clear of any stems or trunks. Ensure any mulch you use is well composted so it will enrich the soil rather than pull nitrogen out of it.
Clean Your Tools
Take some time to clean up your gardening tools before putting them away for the season. Wash off dirt with a cloth and wipe down metal tools with oil before storing them away in a dry place out of direct sunlight. This will help keep them rust-free until you’re ready to use them again next spring! It’s also important that you properly sharpen your secateurs so they will be effective when pruning your roses in Winter.
Autumn is an ideal time for property owners to prepare their gardens for winter weather conditions. By taking care of these simple tasks now, you can ensure that your plants and trees will be healthy when spring arrives! From preparing and tidying up garden beds and adding a layer of mulch protection to sharpening pruning shears and cleaning gardening tools – there are plenty of steps you can take now so that your garden will reward you with a beautiful show in Spring!
Of course if you’re time poor or not sure of what to do, our team at DBY Property Maintenance would love to help you with some or all of these tasks.