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6 things to do in your garden this autumn
Although the growing season is pretty much over until next year, there are many things you can do to keep yourself occupied in your garden during the autumn months. This guide will give you some useful tips to keep in mind:
1. Fertilise your lawn
As you won’t be using your lawn much over the autumn and winter seasons, now would be the perfect time to fertilise it. You should be nourishing your lawn every 6 months to keep it fresh and healthy and give it the essential nutrients it needs to help it survive when the frost sets in.
2. Tidy up hedges and borders
The cooler months are the perfect time to start trimming the hedges and bushes in your garden, as this causes less permanent damage to the plant. Look for anything that may be unkempt and cut it into shape so that there is less maintenance to worry about when the weather starts to get warmer again.
3. Move delicate plants indoors
Ensure you bring any delicate potted plants into the house to prevent them from becoming frost damaged. These may include the likes of palm trees and olive trees that wouldn’t stand a chance against harsher conditions. If any plants need this type of attention, ensure you bring them indoors over a staggered period of time so that they become used to the higher temperature.
You probably won’t be using your garden as much for a little while, so now would be the perfect time to carry out hard landscaping jobs, including laying new natural stone paving. There are many different types of paving to take into consideration, including sandstone, limestone, granite, Yorkstone and slate. All these materials have their own benefits and will deliver a slightly different look and feel.
Paving not only allows you to walk across the garden safely but also adds visual interest to your outdoor space. One of the main advantages of paving is that it is very easy to keep clean in comparison to decking or other aggregates – all you need to do is soap, water and a scrubbing brush to keep the slabs looking as good as new.
5. Collect seeds
Collecting seeds is not only a great past-time, it’s also a great way to save many trees and plants that are likely to die off this season. Make sure you pick seeds from healthy plants, as this will allow for the very best growth potential.
6. Make your own compost
This autumn, why not make your very own compost? The leaves falling from the trees can be used to make your very own fertilizer when combined with other items you may be throwing away, such as fruit and vegetable peelings and other kitchen scraps. Adding fertilizer to your garden enhances the texture of the soil and adds vital bacteria needed to help plants grow.