As the hazy days of Summer fade into memory, while our gardens may not be the blaze of colour they were in Flaming June, there is still plenty to be done.
Here are some of the best jobs you can do in early Autumn to prepare your garden for the colder months to come:
Some fruits are yet to come fully into season, however others such as autumn raspberries and blackberries will be at their best now. If you have more than you can deal with, they can be made into jams or sorbets or even frozen for a later date.
All potatoes should be gathered in by mid October in order to prevent weather damage.
Daffodils, croci and hyacinths should be planted in the ground by the end of September, whereas tulips can wait as late as November. Remember to choose a warm, sunny aspects for these plants with good drainage.
Now is also the time to collect seeds from any perennials and hardy annuals (such as poppies) and sow them for a vibrant display next year.
If you have a pond, now is a good time to cover them with a protective layer of netting to prevent them from becoming clogged with leaves when the true ‘fall’ hits.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to rake every leaf that falls on the ground! It is especially useful to leave the ones that gather under trees and shrubs as these will eventually become much-needed compost. However, the leaves that cover perennial beds could cause rot if they are left, and will also attract pests.
While much of the Winter feels like a dormant time for gardening, TrustMark landscape gardeners are far from idle during this period.
For the more demanding projects of the season, such as fencing repairs (in anticipation of harsher weather), pruning of trees and shrubs and the implantation of large lay-out changes – make sure you use a TrustMark Registered Business.
TrustMark is the Government Endorsed Quality Scheme consumers can rely on for technical competence, customer services and fair trading practices, whatever projects you have planned.
You can search the Online Directory on the TrustMark website to find a landscape gardener near to you that has been thoroughly vetted, and has had the quality of their work independently inspected to ensure consistent high quality.
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