Tip #1: Mow, rake, prune, repeat
When summer is over, most people tend to put the lawnmower in storage. Don’t! Until the end of autumn, it is important to keep watering and mowing the grass. This ensures that more sunlight will reach the grass blades, which retain more nutrients in the root. When raking the freshly mowed grass, make sure you also pick up fallen leaves. Leaving it on the ground will suffocate the grass and other plants. Whilst we want to avoid that, we can also use these leaves for a good cause. Tip #4 will tell you more about that. Last but not least, it is important to prune your trees. This will benefit their health and appearance.
Tip #2: Plant bulbs
Autumn is actually the perfect time to plant bulbs because they will be given enough time to grow during winter. Make sure you buy various bulb types with a range of flowering periods and put them in a spot with plenty of sunlight. This way, you can enjoy blooms months on end. When spring welcomes you with all these lovely coloured flowers, the amount of work will definitely be worth it.
Tip #3: Use mulch
Mulch is great to apply while gardening in autumn and can be used for different purposes. For instance, to keep the ground moisturised, to keep down weeds or to cover up bulbs and tender plants to protect them from the upcoming winter cold.
Tip #4: Make your own compost
Autumn gardening tip number 4 is a DIY project. Compost is a natural fertiliser and great for every garden. It can be made out of garden waste – leaves for example – and kitchen scraps. Make sure that these are in proportion to achieve the best results. Making compost of your own waste will save you money and since tip #2 already got you started it won’t take a lot of time.
Tip #5: Plant autumn pollinator flowers
While most of us enjoy summer because of its rising temperatures and drier climates, bees and other pollinators are not so thankful. They have to deal with summer pollen dearth: a decrease in supplies for the harsh winter that is coming. We can help pollinators by planting autumn pollinator flowers like Goldenrod, Purple Aster, Pineapple Sage or Bugbane.
Tip #6: Winter vegetables
Last of all, early autumn is the best time to work on your (self-sufficient) kitchen garden with winter vegetables. Think about all the hearty winter soups containing onions, broccoli, peas or perhaps broad beans. Other season vegetables are lettuce, radishes and kale.
With the above-mentioned autumn gardening tips, you can be sure that your garden survives winter and comes out beautifully in spring. Motivated, but no green thumbs yet? Read this article first.