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Getting your garden ready for Autumn.

Updated: Sep 14, 2022

Our top tips on getting your garden ready for Autumn.

Over the next few months, you have an opportunity to get rid of the dead vegetation that has been left over from the summer. This includes tidying your borders, clearing gutters and preparing your fences.

Autumn tends to be about getting your garden minimalised and protected before winter sets in, so here are our top tips on getting how to get your garden prepared before winter.

Get your garden clear for Autumn.

Start by getting everything tidied up and put away. Anything that could be damaged by frost or rain should be covered and placed somewhere safe. In addition, think about what areas you are likely to need to use during winter, and create simple access to avoid having to take unnecessary risks during winter.

Over the summer, heat and rain will potentially have led to a build-up of moss, algae and lectins on roofs, driveways and paths. Therefore, consider getting these areas professionally cleaned before the winter sets in. This includes your gutters which we recently spoke about in a blog that you can read here.

Finally, think get ahead of the game by thinking about what your garden needs to make sure it is well prepared for next summer.

Sort out your borders.

Think about next year. Trim back any faded plants and plant your borders. Vegetables like spinach, lettuce and rocket can be sowed in August, whilst plants like marigolds, cornflowers and California poppies can be planted to give you a host of vibrant colours come spring. Once you are planted spread a thick layer of mulch, compost or bark chips over the top. Once done, let the worms do the rest. If you would like to find out more about what vegetables and flowers you can sow in August and September, click here.

Tend to your lawn.

Make sure you remove moss using a rake and add it to your compost heap. If you have a large amount of moss you should consider using a moss killer. In addition, you should consider creating aeration by poking some holes with a garden fork. If you also need to patch or repair any areas of grass, Autumn is a great month for doing so.

Create your mulch.

In a recent article, we spoke about leaf mulching. This is the process of creating layers of shredded leaves that can be applied to the surface of the soil. Leaf mulch adds structure and organic matter to your soil and is a great way to recycle fallen leaves. Once created sprinkle it throughout your borders.

Don't forget your pathways.

Autumn is a key time of year, and it is your last chance to get any repairs and cleaning jobs complete before the weather hits your garden paths, driveways and decking. After a whole summer of growth, you want to get your pathways, driveways and decking cleaned and protected. This can involve a pressure wash followed by filling any gaps with sand, or painting/staining your decking.

About Outdoor Maintenance Company.

Founded in 2022 by Scott Mills and Ross Hogston. The Outdoor Maintenance Company brings together two award-winning businesses serving Surrey, Hampshire & Berkshire. With state-of-the-art equipment, the Outdoor Maintenance team offer a high-quality, professional and reliable service. Our services include patio cleaning, moss removal, garden room refresh, artificial grass maintenance and much more. If you are looking for a one-off maintenance project or regular outdoor maintenance. Give us a call on 01252 229999.

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