While the early months of the year in the spring are the time to plant new plants and seedlings and summer being the time to watch them flourish – your garden also needs your attention come the autumn months too. Maintaining a garden is a full-cycle that never ends, as tending to it now prepares it for a successful, blossoming spring.
Here at Myhill’s, we can offer you all the necessary equipment and materials to allow you to prepare your outdoor space for the coming season. From water systems to compost, to fencing and fertilizers, we have got you covered in all areas. Here’s what we suggest you need to do leading up to the autumn!
So what’s first?
To prepare your garden for the fast-approaching autumn, you need to decide what needs attention. Have a walk around and examine it with care. Look for bald patches of soil that require soil amendments, overgrown plants that need to be divided, note down which bulbs need to be removed before winter, and which herbs need to be moved indoors. You should also examine all the perennials in your garden for signs of disease. Look for spotted leaves or rotting stems and either apply treatment, prune the branch, or remove the plant before the disease spreads to healthy plants in the vicinity.
Remove thatch and moss from your lawn using a spring-tined rake and add it to the compost heap. If you have large amounts of moss, you may want to use a moss killer on your lawn first. Brush in a sandy top dressing afterward, followed by an application of autumn lawn feed to prepare your lawn for the cold winter months. Improve drainage and aeration around paths and play areas by making deep holes with the prongs of a garden fork at 10 cm intervals. Autumn is a great time to lay new turf too, giving it plenty of time to establish before next summer.
Adding soil amendments
Autumn is the best time to add soil amendments as the slow-releasing fertilizer will enhance soil quality throughout the winter months. During spring and summer, the nutrients in the soil are depleted by the growing plants. While chemical fertilizers work for feeding the plant directly, organic fertilizer works by enriching the soil. Mulch, manure, and compost are all organic fertilizers that release nutrients slowly into the soil. By working them into the soil in autumn, you will reduce the number of gardening jobs you have to perform in spring.
Apply Weed Killer on the lawn
Most gardeners recommend that weed killer be applied twice on the lawn each year. In Autumn, you need to apply weed killer to get rid of the seeds that have landed in the summer. This will mean the emergence of fewer weeds in the spring when the lawn revives.
If you have pets be careful how you distribute the poison. You may want to keep your dog(s) inside your home for a couple of hours to allow the poison to penetrate the weeds before you allow your dog to run around in your backyard.
If you have been growing heirloom plants from seeds, autumn is the time to collect seeds from both flowering and kitchen garden plants. For this, you need to avoid harvesting a few fruits and flowers and instead let them ripen or dry out on the plant. Fruits that over ripen on the plant will have mature seeds that can be collected by soaking the fruit in water and removing the pulp. The weaker seeds will float to the top and can be discarded and the heavier seeds collected and dried before being labeled and stored in a clean, cool, and dry environment.
Other things you can do include: tidying greenhouses, emptying rainwater barrels, place nets over ponds and empty compost bins.
Preparing your garden in fall can help you have a better garden in spring and summer. Many of the fall garden chores will ensure that the soil is healthy and ready for spring planting. By doing this you will be able to plant your spring crops after minimal soil preparation, getting a head start on your fantastic and enlightening garden.