With summer sadly drawing to end its time to starting thinking about packing up the garden and about prepping for next year so that everything will be ready come spring time. I’ve put together a few tips to organise your garden and outdoor space during the Autumn.
Make sure you store your garden furniture properly over the autumn and winter. There’s nothing worse than pulling out the cushions in the spring and finding they were put away damp and are now mouldy!
Now is also a great time to take advantage of sales and stock up on garden furniture for the new year when it’s not in such high demand. Outdoor Seating Furniture always flies off the shelves the second the sun peeps out from behind the clouds. Everyone is desperate to get their hands on sun loungers and rattan sofas.
The end of Summer, early Autumn is the best time to prepare your garden for the new year. If you’re a keen gardener, use the autumn to clean out your green house, wash out old seed trays and pots ready for spring planting. It’ll make preparing your seedlings in the spring much quicker.
Use the Autumn to tidy up your planting and borders, remove any annuals and debris and spread a layer of compost over your beds to protect your plants over the cold winter months. Adding some evergreens to your borders will keep them looking interesting over the winter months and also provide some protection against the frost for your smaller wintering plants.
Clean and wash children’s toys, slides, cars, sandpits and pack away what you can in your garage or summer house to protect them from the elements. I always put off this job and regret it come spring time when we have to stand out in the cold with the hose cleaning everything! Putting toys away over winter will also make them last longer.
Once you’ve finished your autumn tidy up, take some time to maintain your equipment before putting it away in the garage. Clean and service your lawnmower so it’s ready to go next year. There’s nothing worse than mentally preparing for the first cut of the year only to find your lawnmower no longer works! Also clean and store your trowels, shovels and gardening gloves making sure to label where you put them so you don’t forget! It’s always worth leaving a rake and brush easily accessible for collecting autumn leaves too.