Here are our top tips to make the most of your autumn garden and get everything ready for winter.
Plant your spring bulbs – tulips, daffodils and crocuses should all be planted in September and October ready for a dazzling display next spring.
Build a bug hotel – winter can be tough for insects, so show them some love by giving them somewhere to shelter. Choose a semi-shaded spot and create a sturdy structure with plenty of layers, tunnels and hidey holes. Use flowerpots, sticks, corrugated cardboard, straw, dried leaves, and pine cones. Roof with tiles or wood and surround the finished hotel with flowers for five-star bug luxury!
Love your lawn – the summer weather may have taken its toll, so give your lawn some TLC. Rake out the moss, improve aeration by making some deep holes with a garden fork, and apply an autumn lawn feed to prepare the grass for the cold winter months.
Plant and transplant – if you’ve decided a plant needs moving, now’s the time. Soil should still be warm and workable, and the plants will have plenty of time to get used to their new position and put down roots. New plants can also be brought in in the autumn and this is the best time to plant bare root roses.
Autumn leaves – turn your fallen leaves into leaf mould. Rake up the leaves regularly and stash them in black plastic bin liners with holes punctured in the base and sides to help drainage and air flow. When almost full, sprinkle the leaves with water, shake, tie up the bag and store somewhere out of the way. Next autumn, open the bags and use the crumbly material as mulch – or wait another year, when the leaves will have rotted further into a dark brown compost that can be dug into the ground as a soil conditioner.