The professional domestic cleaning company, MOLLY MAID
recommends undertaking the following tasks in order to keep on top
of the garden this Autumn in preparation for the winter months.
MOLLY MAID believes that by investing some time now into your
garden or patio area will pay dividends in the winter months.
1. Tidy up!
Autumn is a great time for those who love wielding the clippers
- all that summer growth will need a trim back now to keep the
garden tidy. But many off-cuts will do well now, so think about
planting some of your cuttings out into pots.
2. Dig out the foliage
Remove dead plant foliage and leaves from flowers and vegetable
patches. Dig up the annuals (plants that last only a season) and
put them on the compost heap. Flowering perennials (plants that
spring up year after year) should be cut back. Remove yellowing or
dead leaves or flowers before rot develops and remove any weeds
hidden under the plant foliage.
3. Start composting
Winter gives cuttings and leaves a chance to break down and
produce nutrient-rich compost, which will be ready for boosting the
garden in the new year. Now is also a really good time to turn your
compost heap. It will heat up nicely and then gently rot over
4. Embrace autumn colour
Deciduous trees, such as Acers, will provide lovely autumn
colours from foliage, bark and berries. Autumn flowers such as
Crocus and Amaryllis add colour, too. Cyclamens come in white and a
range of pink shades with glossy green leaves, and add a welcome
dash of vibrancy.
5. Plant for 2015
Think about planting spring bulbs, such as daffodils and tulips,
and new perennials as the soil is still warm, but moisture levels
are increasing. There is still time for plants to establish
themselves before the real cold and frost sets in. This is also a
good time of year to plant or move shrubs and trees to allow them
to anchor down before the growing season. Reflect on what was and
wasn't successful in your garden this year, so that you can adapt
your plans for next year.
6. Venture into the interior
Ventilate conservatories during the remaining warmer days to
prevent soaring temperatures, but reduce ventilation once the
cooler, windy autumn weather sets in. Consider using blinds to help
to keep them cool. However, as light levels fall, reduce the
shading as well as the watering of any houseplants.
7. Love your lawn
For a healthy and luscious lawn next spring, start to mow less
frequently and raise the height of the grass as the growth rate
slows down. Scarify your lawn by raking out dead grass and moss
that has built up over the summer. Follow this with applying a
high-potassium autumn lawn feed, which will release the correct
balance of nutrients throughout the winter.
8. Cover up the furniture
When there is no more need for garden furniture, store it in the
shed or garage to protect it from the winter weather and allow it
to dry out. If you can't do this, cover it with a tough waterproof
sheet securely fixed down, taking care to allow plenty of air to
circulate so that the furniture is not damp all winter. Wooden
items, such as benches or pergolas, may benefit from a treatment of
9. Give wildlife a hand
Encourage birds into the garden by providing extra food. Place
the feeder near a tall shrub, fence or mature tree to provide
protection from predators. Plant berry-bearing plants for an extra
source of food for birds and other wildlife. Firethorn, rowan and
holly plants are recommended.
10. Protect your pond
Cover your pond with a net to stop falling leaves polluting the
water, but make sure you clean it regularly to prevent the net from
sinking into the pond. If it contains fish ensure that they can
continue to breathe by preventing the water from freezing. Make
sure the pond is as deep as possible, because fish live in the
deepest levels during the winter months.