Packing Up Your Outdoor Space For The Colder Season
We’ve never spent more time in our gardens than in 2020, but now it’s time to pack away our outdoor living space in preparation for the winter
Anyone with garden space has counted themselves extremely lucky this year, as the nation went into lockdown for several months of the spring and summer. The Office for National Statistics reports that the general population increased their time spent gardening by 147% this year, which comes as no surprise given the lack of other activities to stay occupied with. But as autumn approaches, it’s time to draw the curtains on our gardens and put them to bed for the winter months.
Planting Spring Bulbs
If you want your garden to be filled with vibrant pops of colour when spring arrives again, then September and October are the right months to be planting your bulbs. These should be planted in moist but well-drained soil which will allow them to thrive during the wetter season. Choose containers which are weatherproof such as zinc planters
which require no maintenance in rain, wind or snow.
Decluttering Your Garden
Garages can seem somewhat empty during the summer when all of the garden toys, bikes, furniture and lawn ornaments are out on display. But if you want these all to still be in great condition for next summer, then early autumn is the right time to put them away so they stay protected. For those items which don’t fit in your garage or shed, such as a BBQ set or a garden corner sofa, make sure that these are well covered before the rainy season hits.
Keep On Top Of Your Leaves
Fallen leaves are part and parcel of the change in seasons, but it’s important that you don’t let them build up too much. If you allow the piles to grow, then they can quickly turn into mulch and are dangerous if you slip on them. No-one enjoys sweeping leaves, but it’s important to stay on top of this job.
Moving Your Plants Indoors
If you grow plants which are susceptible to frost, then it’s time to move them indoors for the colder season. You don’t necessarily need a greenhouse to allow them to thrive. Some plants will do well in a well-heated conservatory
or even relocated into your main house so long as they receive ample sunlight.
Mowing Your Grass
If you have a natural grass lawn, then try and find the perfect time to give it a final cut before the weather becomes too cold or wet. The aim at this time of year is to cut the top off the grass, but not leave it too short. If you cut too close, then you risk leaving the blades exposed to frost.
Remembering The Wildlife
If you’ve enjoyed watching birds, bees and butterflies fluttering around your garden this year, then don’t forget about the creatures who enjoy visiting during the colder season. Remember to fill up your bird feeders and you can even chop the heads off your wilting sunflowers and lay them out for the birds to nibble the seeds from.
It’s always sad to put our gardens away for winter, but putting in the effort to prepare your outdoor space for the change in seasons will really help you to enjoy your garden once spring arrives.