Autumn signifies the official end of summer. The frantic flowering and reproductive activity is now over and the mellow season is here, where the leaves and roses look their best – a truly beautiful time of year.
As the colour of the leaves on the trees begin to change, the process signals the beginning of the end of the growing season and a time for the gardener to start putting their garden to bed and prepare for the change in weather.
The days become evidently shorter than the summer months and the weather is generally cooler and windier, therefore there isn’t much to do in the ornamental garden at this time. However, there are lots of things to keep you busy:
Own a Fruit or Veg Patch?
If you are lucky enough to own a fruit or vegetable patch, then you’ll be busy reaping the rewards of harvest:
- Dig up the remaining potatoes before they are spoilt by slugs
- Start to pick the autumn raspberries – these grow at around chest height so shouldn’t be too much of an arduous task (and make a great desert)
- Cover your leafy vegetable crops with netting to stop birds ruining them
- Start planting out spring cabbages – these require a little maintenance but it’s relatively simple and there are plenty of guides either on the seed packets or online.
Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail
Autumn is a great time to start planning on how to rejuvenate your garden for the new season and for next spring. This could involve anything from sewing the seeds for next year or constructing that new shed you’ve been on about building all year.
Start planting spring-flowering bulbs for next year or collect the seeds for next summer’s colour too.
Be sure to make most of the warmth as you prepare your garden for the colder months. Getting ready for winter is extremely important to your garden and not taking care of it now, will negatively affect it next spring.
Trim your hedges to keep them compact and bushy from ground level renovate old lawns or create new grass areas by laying turf.
At the start of the month, clear out your greenhouse so it is ready for use in the coming season – Move all tender plants, including aquatic ones into there. Bring houseplants back indoors, light levels and temperatures have both dropped and the wind evaporation that plants experienced while outdoors has stopped. Therefore, that once houseplants are brought back indoors, start to reduce the frequency of watering.
Autumn brings such colourful displays of leaves, fruits and berries, it would be rude not to take advantage. Barberry bushes look great and put on a spectacular display of vibrant yellows and oranges as autumn foliage and provide an abundance of flowers in the spring.
The best time to plant roses is during their dominant season – autumn. Growing roses is easier than you think and with such a wide variety available, there is one to suit any garden. Choose your favourites and order them from your local nursery.