Autumn Garden Preparation

Autumn is well and truly on its way. The days are getting shorter, the air is getting colder and the leaves are getting darker. We have had a fantastic summer that has allowed us all to spend lots of time working on our gardens, but now the weather is changing it is important to make sure all that hard work doesn’t go to waste. I’ve teamed up with Greensleeves, experts in lawn care, to give you tips on how to prepare your garden for autumn. Keep reading for all you need to know about taking care of your garden over the colder months!

Lawn Care

Weed Killer

Over summer seeds have landed on your lawn, which is why weed killer is so essential when it comes to autumn garden preparation. Most gardeners will recommend that you apply weed killer to your lawn at least twice a year, autumn being an essential time to do this. By applying weed killer you are reducing the amount of weeds that are going to grow, therefore reducing the amount of work you will have to do in your garden. 

Seasonal Treatments

Autumn is one of the most important times of the year to care for your lawn. After the hot weather in summer and in preparation for a chilly winter, giving your lawn attention now will help ensure you grass stays healthy and happy. If you want to make sure your grass is kept healthy, it could be a good option to consider some professional lawn care treatment. Greensleeves lawn care professional will be able to apply unique fertiliser treatments designed to maintain the colour and strength of the grass. The specialist formula contains the correct balance of nutrients to ensure the grass is kept healthy all year round. 

Plants & Produce


When deciding which plants should be moved inside, it is important to prioritise and make the tough decision of what plants are more sentimental to you. You should also make sure to move produce that won’t survive throughout winter inside to ensure you can keep enjoying your fresh fruit, veggies and herbs all year round. Make sure to place them in areas that gets light and isn’t too humid, ensuring they are in appropriate containers with drainage holes and plastic containers underneath to avoid any damage to hardwood flooring or carpets. 

Cover & Wrap

For plants that will be staying outside, covering or wrapping them can give them a much better chance at survival. You can buy glass covers that go over your plants to protect them from any frost or snow, while still giving them access to the sunlight. These will, of course, have to be treated by you throughout autumn and winter to ensure they keep thriving. Some plants are better off being covered for the winter. Vegetables patches, for example, would be difficult to bring inside, and covering them will help ensure they survive through the cold weather. You can cover plants with materials such as burlap to protect them from any extreme weather conditions. 

I know how precious a garden can be to someone, which is why it is important to make sure all of your hard work isn’t wasted when the weather turns. Use my short guide to ensure your garden is kept happy and healthy all year round. 

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  • The autumn clear up of borders and vegetable plots always generates a lot of plant material for your compost heap. Now is the ideal time to clear out last year’s compost and use it around the garden, making room for this year’s waste.