As we draw closer to the autumn season, it’s time to prepare the garden to ensure it’s ready for the colder months ahead. Many people think that once summer is over, the gardening tasks stop until spring arrives, but that isn’t the case at all. Autumn is a great season for the garden, as you have so many different tasks and the overall focus is to have a general tidy up. If you’re unsure of exactly what you need to do to prepare your garden this autumn, then continue reading for some handy tips to help you out.
Clean Out the Greenhouse
Throughout the summer you may have carried out multiple gardening projects in your greenhouse, which can result in it becoming a bit of a mess. From empty packaging, to dirty tools, there’s always a need to give your greenhouse a bit of a spring clean (for autumn). Start by sorting through any rubbish that has gathered in the greenhouse and throw it away or, if possible, recycle it. You can then focus on what needs to be in the greenhouse and sorting it into a neater, organised fashion. Once you have everything organised and tidy you can then give your greenhouse interior a good clean and make sure there is no dirt, excess soil or water that has gathered from project to project.
Wash Your Greenhouse
The exterior of your greenhouse can become quite dirty over the summer, with lots of dust gathering on the glass and all kinds of unwanted plants growing up the sides and in the corners, so it’s really beneficial to give your greenhouse a good wash down before the next season arrives. There are different ways to clean your greenhouse dependant on whether it’s a wooden greenhouse, aluminium greenhouse or a glass greenhouse, so make sure you check exactly how to clean the exterior before using any products on the materials. By cleaning your greenhouse before autumn arrives you will make it much easier when it comes to washing it down again before winter, as the surfaces will be easier to clean and dirt will remove with less effort.
When the sun is shining and the weather is warm, the grass in your garden will grow like there’s no tomorrow. You want to make sure that you have cut the lawn to a sensible level for the colder months, as it won’t grow anywhere near as fast as it has been doing over the past few months. Give your lawn a good cut and trim down the edges to ensure no weeds or unwanted plants have grown there. You should then check the lawn every few days to ensure it’s still looking in good condition. Many people avoid mowing their lawns from September to March, but there’s no reason why you can’t mow the lawn when you’ve had a dryer patch of weather. The main thing to remember is that you should avoid doing anything to your lawn when its wet or muddy, because this can cause long-lasting damage to the grass which won’t look good when the spring arrives.
Having a pond in your garden is a great way to add character to the space you have, as well as enabling you to welcome all kinds of wildlife into your home. To keep the wildlife protected and happy, you need to put some netting over your pond for the autumn and winter seasons. This will simply prevent any leaves from falling into the water and causing the filters to block, as well as decontaminating the water. The netting can then be cleaned off every now and then which is much easier than trying to fish the leaves and other debris out of the water itself.