Autumn is the perfect time to bed your garden down in preparation for the colder weather and to make sure that you can really make the most of it next year. Just a few simple jobs and a little forward planning can lead to some great results.
Determine what you should be planting in your garden for next year. Trees, roses and shrubs, for example, are best planted between the months of October and April. This is a general guide, so try to be sensible and avoid terrible weather.
If you have a business, you might employ experts in grounds maintenance Gloucestershire, but if you are a DIY gardener, you can obtain some valuable planting advice from your local garden centre or on the Royal Horticultural Society website at https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/beginners-guide/planting.
Remember that plants you add during the autumn season will require less watering. Again, don’t be afraid to look online or ask for advice at the local nursery if you have any doubt about the treatment required by the plants you choose. A little research and thought in autumn can really pay dividends.
If you fancy eating your own vegetables this winter, get planting. Nothing tastes quite as good as produce you grow yourself, and there is plenty of choice. Think about planting some mustard lettuces, mizuna or perpetual spinach, along with some rhubarb to enjoy next year.
Grab a bargain
There are some great bargains to be found if you’re happy to pick up some bulbs during the sales in the shops and plant them late. This is not necessarily a good choice if you are a novice gardener, however, as planting times are dependent on a number of conditions. As experts such as those dedicated to Grounds Maintenance Gloucestershire will tell you, cutting corners is a risky business.
You may have some success with tulips you decide to plant in December, for example, but it is possible that they will fail. It will all depend on factors such as where you live and what the weather is like.
Time for planning
When the work outdoors is done – or the weather is too miserable to head outside – put the kettle on, grab the catalogues and start planning for next year and beyond.