So it seems that summer is drawing to a close, the nights aren’t as light and warm as they once were, and the morning air is cool and crisp. For many of us, saying goodbye to summer simply means digging out their Autumn wardrobe, scarf and gloves and putting away all those summer toys for next year – but for those of us who have gardens, it means a lot of work!
If you’re unsure of how to get your garden ready for the colder months ahead, then don’t worry. Before you head indoors and turn up the heat, read on for your handy garden-prep checklist. When Spring comes around again, you’ll be so glad you did!
There’s still time to change things up.
Don’t think that just because summer is over, you can’t make some instant changes to your outdoor space. You might think your garden is doomed to be lifeless and bland for the next few months, but don’t be fooled! You can still add a little colour with Eucalyptus Trees from The Tree Center or some evergreen shrubs that will really make your garden pop with colour during the dark winter months.
Tidy away before the bad weather hits.
It might seem a little obvious, but you’ll be surprised by the amount of people who leave their garden furniture, and the kids garden toys outdoors after summer is over. And by the time they bring them in, they’re usually damaged by the bad weather. Parasols are faded by the sunlight exposure, persistent rainwater and garden debris can damage many garden toys, the wind can topple garden chairs and break them, and the BBQ can quickly rust if it’s left exposed to the elements. So when September hits, try to bring it all inside for next year. It’ll save you the expense of having to buy it all again!
Mow that lawn.
It’s tempting to leave the lawn to its own devices when Autumn makes an appearance, but the grass still grows during the colder months of the year – just a little slower. So, if the weather is dry, get the mower out one last time.
Yes, spring is a long way off, but it’ll be here before you know it. Spring bulbs and seeds are available to buy in garden centres from September, so now is the time to purchase and plant all those daffodils, tulips and crocuses – ready for a colour explosion after those bleak winter months. Make sure you plant them somewhere there is plenty of soil drainage and lots of sunlight. The kids will love to help with this one!
Give nature a helping hand.
We all know that hard winters can be difficult for local wildlife. If you have bird feeders, give them a clean and restock them with bird seed and nuts. If you have a bird bath, give it a clean and make sure it has plenty of fresh water. If there’s a pond in your garden, keep it clear of debris and make sure that any visitors can easily climb back out if they fall in!