Autumn and winter are beautiful times of year, but things in your garden can become a bit untidy with thousands of leaves finding their way on to your plot, plants battling high winds and other odds and ends needing a bit of elbow grease.
Here are a few essential tasks for you to have fun with and prepare your garden for the change of season.
Time to get pruning! Why not treat yourself to a shiny new pair of Secateurs or even a handy Folding Pruning Saw? Take the hard work out of cutting back perennials with a handy pruning knife and give your garden a well-deserved make over.
Trim deciduous hedges before the end of October to keep them looking tidy over the winter. If left, things may start to look a bit wild in your garden, and along with other plants like bushes, high winds can really take their toll on roots causing them to become loose in their soil.
Shrubs normally pruned hard in the spring such as Buddleja davidii, Cornus alba, and Lavatera, can be cut back by half now, to also avoid catching high winds and to neaten their appearance.
• Defend prized plants from pests and diseases by keeping your garden leaf-free. At this time of year bacteria will be lurking amongst fallen autumn leaves. Check out our guide on clearing leaves to learn more.
• Give plant pots a good scrub with a handy Pot Brush before you transfer your plants and minimise the build-up of bacteria. Cleverly designed, it will reach every nook and cranny to give you spick and span results!
• Watch out for grey mould or powdery mildew. Remove and destroying fallen infected autumn leaves and use a Handy Pruning Knife to remove infected shoots. This will reduce the amount of infectious powdery spores next spring.
Powdery mildew either spends the winter as dormant infections on green tissues or as resting structures on fallen leaves which then release in the spring as spores. Prevent grey mould growth by reducing humidity by improving ventilation and ensuring plants are not overcrowded.
• Dig out your Eco Gardening Soap and make your own pest control spray. In a spray bottle, dilute 5 tablespoons of liquid Eco Gardeners Soap in 1 litre of water. Spray it on fruit and veg plants to prevent red spider mite, greenfly and mealy bugs. You can even use it to clean your greenhouse, pots and tools or even shampoo the dog!
• After you’ve cleaned up your cutting tools, why not give the blades a new lease of life with a Tool Sharpening Steel? The sharpener is magnetized so that filings remain on the sharpening steel and can be wiped off with a cloth.
Keep on top of weeding over the autumn and winter months so that it is perfectly prepared for spring.
Cooling temperatures and autumn rain may have prompted weed seedlings to appear in your paving and paths. Pull up any flowering weeds you see as these are still small enough to get rid of quickly. You’ll thank yourself later as weeds can be a real menace come spring.
Our Gardening Angels will be using this handy Garden Tool & Clippings Bag while weeding this weekend. It has a large central section to hold your garden waste as well as outer pockets for your tools.
Freezing compost is a big danger in winter and can kill your plants. When compost freezes, plants roots are unable to take up water & nutrients needed, undoing all your hard work earlier in the season.
• Give plants in pots extra insulation from frosts with some bubble wrap or a Plant Pot Frost Protection Cover. This will prevent your plants roots from freezing and your pots from cracking over winter. If using a plant pot cover, your plants will be thankful for the clever drainage holes in the base, designed to prevent water-logging.
• Elevate plant pots from the ground to prevent them sitting in cold, frozen water.
• If your pots are sitting in saucers remove the saucers in winter and raise these pots from the ground too.
• Keep an eye on rainfall levels. If heavy rains are predicted, move plant pots under cover to avoid compost becoming soggy. If moving heavy pots, save your back and use a nifty Plant Pot Carrying Belt.
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