It’s almost September, which means that in just a matter of days we will be waving the kids back off to school, and getting well and truly stuck into autumn. While we are still enjoying some summer weather, it is a lot wetter, which is no bad news for our gardens! The change in temperature will see our gardens beginning to come back to life, which means you’ll need to get back to maintaining it. Here are our top tips for the autumn garden:
Net Your Pond
Soon, leaves will begin to fall from the trees in your garden, and if you have a pond, this can be particularly troublesome. Why? Not only can it leave your pond looking messy, if you let leaves accumulate, but they can adversely affect the health of it, too.
When leaves sink into your pond, they start to decay which releases bacteria, posing a hazard to any fish that may live within it. We advise that you dedicate time daily to clearing leaves from the surface of your pond or, to minimise your workload, place a net over the surface to keep leaves at bay.
Doing this will see your pond surviving autumn and winter, emerging in spring healthier and more aesthetically pleasing than ever!
Collect and Store Seeds
If you’ve enjoyed beautiful blooms this year, don’t resign yourself to just the memory of it, go all-in for a repeat performance next year! You can do this by collecting and sowing seeds from hardy annuals and perennials. September is the absolute best time to do this, as the soil is still warm.
It is best to collect seeds on a dry day when you are sure they are ripe. You need to remain eagle-eyed here, keeping an eye out for any changes in colour that may indicate they are ready for collecting. Once picked, sow the seeds as soon as possible into the soil that is weed-free and unfertilised; to do this, scatter the seeds and cover them with soil or compost, then water.
Prepare your Spring Garden
Now is the time of year where we start to prepare for spring. Towards the end of September, you will want to have made a start on planting spring-flowering bulbs like crocus and daffodils, and hardy-summer flowering bulbs, such as lilies and alliums.
Be generous with your planting of bulbs if you’re looking for maximum impact. We recommend planting between 25 – 50 bulbs for the best display.
If you are unsure where to begin this September, then get in touch with us. We can arrange a site visit for you, where a friendly member of our team can advise you on what needs doing in your garden and how we can help!