Autumn Garden Tidy Up, Ferndown
After: Ferndown autumn garden tidy-up.
Autumn is a good time to give the garden a tidy-up so that it looks neat and well tended through the winter months.
Tidying The Borders
Firstly, deciduous shrubs and small trees need to be tidied up and re-shaped. Herbaceous perennials need cutting back and dead leaves removed. We tend to leave stems with seed heads for the birds to feed on during winter.
Mulching with well-rotted manure or compost is a good idea to help protect plants from severe weather and also help to condition the soil for healthy plant growth.
Collecting Autumn Leaves
Fallen leaves on the lawn are best collected up to prevent damaging the grass. Also, pathways and drives are best cleared as wet leaves can become slippery, with the potential to cause an accident.
Leaving leaves around shrubs and trees can act as a mulch. Hiding leaves around the garden, for example under hedges, can provide shelter for overwintering wildlife. Leaves can also be composted to make leaf mould, which when rotted down can be recycled back onto the borders. Leaf mould is a great soil improver.
Lawns can continue to be trimmed on a high cut if the weather is mild, and edges tidied, helping to set off beds and borders, and keeping things looking neat and tidy. Also, lawn scarification can also continue during mild weather before the cold winter sets in.
It’s a good time to clear any dead foliage in the pond, falling from trees, shrubs or hedges. Any decaying leaves will be harmful to the fish and plants. Also, trim all summer growth and divide any overgrown pond plants.
Plants which are not hardy will need to be protected with a fleece. The pond then needs to be covered using heavy-duty netting. This will help to keep debris away from the water and keep predators away from any fish.
Filters and pumps need to be cleaned and stored away when temperatures go below 10C. Care needs to be taken not to disturb overwintering frogs and toads.
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