Garden Tasks For Autumn

Autumn

Autumn, Can you feel it coming?

It can be felt in the air right now...the chill in the mornings, nights drawing in, and the delicious earthy smell and watery sunshine of Autumn.
As a gardener it is the time of year to start preparing the garden for winter and even prepare it for next year's spring flowering burst of colour.
We have put together a short check list for those of you thinking about making a start before the colder weather creeps in

Buy your spring bulbs

Spring Bulbs
Spring Bulbs

  • Pick up your spring bulbs (Ask a member of our gardening team if you are unsure how to begin)
  • Plant your bulbs for Christmas and for spring flowering. Popular bulbs can include for early spring; snowdrops, crocuses, mini daffodils, hyacinths and bluebells. Mid spring; Narcissi (Daffodil), Mid-season Tulips, Fritillaries & Fritillaries Imperialis. Late spring; Late tulips (long stemmed), Lilium (Lilies), Iris x Hollandica (Dutch iris), Allium Giganteum (Giant Onion) Pop into tired hanging baskets, pots and borders
  • Plant prepared hyacinth bulbs in pots or hyacinth glasses in your greenhouse, or for fragrant indoor flowers around the home at Christmas

Do a little housekeeping

  • Pull up any weeds, clear up any dead or rotting vegetation or leaves from your borders and then cover them with compost or well rotted manure. Make sure your gutters are free from dead leaves.
  • Clean and tidy up unused pots, tools and your greenhouse if you have one.
  • Treat your garden to a rake to remove old grass and moss, a lawn aeration to allow nutrients into the lawn and then apply autumn fertiliser such as our Miracle-Gro Autumn lawn care food
  • Keep your bird feeders topped up for garden visitors over the Autumn or Winter when food is less plentiful (Purchase your bird food in bulk and store from our sundry department prices from £9.99 for a huge 12.75kg bag)
  • Store or cover garden furniture

Plants & flower maintenance

Plant pots up with Autumn colour

  • Plant wallflowers, pansies, forget-me-nots and other Autumn bedding in pots and borders
  • Collect and sow ripe seeds from favourite plants for perennials and hardy annuals for flowers early next summer
  • Plant up containers for autumn interest, using cyclamen, heathers, heucheras and other colourful bedding plants
  • Lift, divide and replant congested clumps of perennials, such as achilleas, once they finish flowering
  • Fill any gaps with late-flowering perennials, such as sedums, to provide nectar for pollinating insects into autumn
  • Keep summer bedding flowering in hanging baskets and pots until the first frosts by deadheading and feeding regularly
  • Leave sunflower seedheads in place for birds to feed on
  • Bring any houseplants that you moved outside over summer back indoors, before temperatures start to drop and start to reduce watering

For Autumn plants, feeds, bird foods and most importantly garden advice come and visit us at Bradley fold garden centre