Taking care of your garden is a year-round task. While gardens may bloom in the spring and thrive during the summer, what you do for the rest of the year will still have an impact.
Autumn is a good time for homeowners to perform important maintenance and tidy things up before the cold, harsh weather of winter. To prepare your garden for the rest of the year, and give it the best chance to thrive next year, take these steps:
- Round up autumn leaves that have fallen from trees. These leaves can either be arranged in piles to provide shelter for wildlife during the winter or be used to make leaf mould, which can be used to nourish and protect soil.
- Clear away any dead crops or plants so that they will not become hosts for pests or diseases.
- Repair any equipment or structures in your garden, such as raised beds, sheds or compost bins. Replace any broken or rotting fence posts in order to minimise damage from winter storms. Check the roofs of sheds, and window panes and vents of greenhouses for any damage.
- Clean bird boxes and feeders. It is important to clean these thoroughly with hot water, as nesting material, unfertilised eggs and other debris may carry diseases.
- Mulch herbaceous border plants and vegetable beds. Doing this each autumn will improve the structure and texture of soil and help plants be stronger next year.
This article is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended to be exhaustive, nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as professional advice. Content by Zywave, Inc. provided by TH March.