Don’t worry, summer is far from over yet, there is still plenty of time to get out and enjoy the sun. But with that being said, if you fail to prepare then you are ultimately preparing to fail and that is definitely the case when it comes to your garden. So with that in mind, we’ve decided to start looking ahead in order to help you, our customers, make sure that your garden is ready to power through autumn and winter and come out of the other side looking its best.
As summer comes to a close and we get less and less sunlight, temperatures start to drop and this brings a halt to the growth of plants – for now at least. There are some things you can do though to help your garden cope the best it can.
Firstly, you are going to have to work out which flowers and perennials are going to need to trim back. Find the dormant looking plants where leaves and stems have turned brown or yellow and trim away these bits. Seed heads on perennials and grasses tend to be okay and can be left to give some structural support over the winter.
If you notice that any perennials are becoming too large and overgrown then autumn is definitely the time for splitting them up and moving parts to new locations around the garden.
You might also want to think about planting your spring bulbs, such as daffodils and tulips, sometime in October so that they are in there and ready before the ground starts to freeze.
Autumn is also a really good time to start planting new trees or shrubbery as it gives the seeds plenty of time to establish a lasting root system in the warm and moist soil. If you are planting new trees, then be sure to stake them once they are of adequate size. Strong winds or heavy rain and snow can be very damaging to their growth later in the winter.
Finally, we come to your garden decking. Over the summer your decking has probably had a lot of people walking on it, the sun’s heat beaming down on it and of course the odd food spill from barbeques so it is important to get it back to its best and ready for the cold season ahead.
Give your decking a thorough wash to remove any ground-in dirt using a bleach-free cleaner mixed with warm water. Once you have given it a good scrub, scrub again with clean, warm water to remove any residue.
Now, you are going to need to think about adding some protection to your wood to help keep it water resistant and stop it from splitting or cracking in the cold. You can buy decking oils, stains and protectors from all good garden stores, but remember to carefully read the label and instructions as they differ from product to product!