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It’s that time of year again when the nights are drawing in, the leaves are beginning to fall and the temperature is starting to drop. The arrival of autumn means it’s time to start preparing our gardens for the fast-approaching winter and the weather that comes along with it.
Keep reading for our top tips to help you prepare your garden for these colder months.
If you have tender plants in your garden, then now is the perfect time to lift them in order to store them over the winter period. Plants such as Begonias, Dahlias, Gladiolus and Cannas all will require lifting and storing.
This can be done by simply cutting back the old flowering stems then lifting the plants from the soil using a fork and removing excess soil. Store them in trays filled with dry soil or sand, leaving the top of the plant exposed and keep in a cool but frost-free place.
Now is the perfect time for planting your spring-flowering bulbs ready for the new year. As a general rule, we recommend planting your bulbs at a depth of about 2-3 times the height of the bulb and with space in between them of about 2 bulb widths.
The beauty of bulbs is that they are so easy to grow and really be planted however and wherever you like just as long as they have well-drained soil in sun or partial shade.
View our complete range of bulbs by clicking here.
As well as lifting tender plants that are not appropriate to leave in the garden, for other plants that do not require lifting, a mulch should be applied. This will help to protect the plants roots over the cold winter. Mulch can be made from a number of different things including leaf mould, garden compost, wood chippings, straw and any more.
Learn more about how to apply mulch by clicking here.
Now that the plants are dying back, it’s the perfect time to give your garden a tidy up. Clean up your borders and clear up the fallen leaves. Clearing up leaves from paths will stop you from slipping on them and the leaves can be gathered and used to make leaf mould, which can then be used for mulch.
As the cold weather starts to set in, now is the time to start protecting and storing garden furniture so it doesn’t become damaged. Fabric cushions should be stored indoors and furniture that is kept outside should kept under a waterproof cover.
Winter is a tough time for our wildlife, so we would like to encourage gardeners to help them out by putting extra food out for them during this time. As a bonus to helping the animals, you will also get to watch them scurry and fly about your garden!
You can view our range of wildlife products by clicking here.
We recommend plants such as Pansies and Violas as they flower for a number of months through winter, bringing bright pops of colour to your pots, baskets and window boxes.
We often think of winter as being a rather barren time in the garden, but it need not be with the help of winter flowering plants. These plants will add some much needed colour when most other plants have faded away.
View our entire range of winter-flowering plants by clicking here.
Another way to brighten up your winter garden is by planting evergreens. This way, even when the flowers have faded, you will still be left with gorgeous foliage, giving you year-round interest. Some of our favourites include Gardenia, Philotheca and Sarcococca.
Some trees and shrubs will require some light pruning during autumn. This will keep them healthy and help tidy up their shape and size to keep them manageable.
You can view our growing guides for each individual species by clicking here.
Read more about pruning by clicking here.
After all the other autumn garden jobs have been done, why not start planning out your garden for the following year? Take a look around your garden and take stock. Think about what plants you would like more of or where there are gaps you would like to fill. Then, let your creativity run wild!
Happy gardening Haylofters!
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