Autumn and Winter maintenance for Gardens
Whilst the summer clings on for dear life, we’re definitely turning the corner into Autumn and that will be closely followed by Winter (and then Spring again, hurrah!)
As the grass cutting comes to an end (the last cut date can vary greatly -depending on the weather – last year, grass was still being cut into November) – it is time to ensure that your mower is cleaned, serviced and stored away safely for next year.
Other tasks that need attending to in the garden over the Winter are
- Pruning (deciduous) trees and shrubs to keep them growing fresh for next year – once a tree or shrub has lost the majority of its leaves, it can be pruned back to encourage fresh growth next year and to stop it from getting too straggly.
If you have evergreen trees, these don’t generally need pruning in the same way – but you can trim them to maintain a nice tidy shape and remove any dead or dying branches.
- Rake up and remove dead leaves from lawns and patios – as per our earlier blog post – this not only allows the ground to continue to live – but it also prevents a build up of dead leaves in drains and on patio areas.
- Dig over any borders and/or around trees and shrubs. You should leave a nice brown soil for the winter – add a bark chip or manure cover to the border to allow both protection over the winter and extra nutrients for the Spring.
- This is also the time to be planting spring bulbs – whether in borders or in pots – daffodils, tulips and crocus can show early signs of colour to help to cheer both the mood and the garden in the mid winter – you can get advice from your local garden centre on which varieties would be best for your individual situation.
- If you have a pond, you should try to keep this clear of dead leaves and debris too – and particularly when the weather gets really cold, be sure to make sure that any resident wildlife can still access the water – you might need to break the ice regularly.
- If you have an outside tap, you might want to ensure that it’s protected, as much as possible, from any hard frosts that might show their faces over the Winter – hessian sacking or something similarly robust can be tied around the outside tap to help prevent it freezing up. Check that your hosepipe is free of water before you put it away for the winter too.
- Over the winter, it’s unlikely that you’ll need to water your garden – unless we have an unseasonal heatwave!
- Of course, Winter is also the time to make plans for the garden for the forthcoming year – so if you want to extend a lawn area, or add in features of interest – a seating area, an arbour or a rose garden, now is the time to start planning where it will go, how big it will be and when you’ll start on it – all over a warm cup of tea – whilst you’re indoors!
Don’t forget we are happy to help you get rid of all those leaves and anything else you might need doing around the garden over the winter.
Just give us a call.