It’s difficult to deny that we’ve had a fantastic summer – with a very welcome combination of plenty of sun and high temperatures. However, with autumn now upon us, it’s time to think about preparing the garden for the six months that lie ahead.
It’s all too easy to allow the garden to lie dormant and, as a result, fall into an untidy sight during autumn and winter – a sight dominated by overgrown grass, ragged hedges with dead branches and patios laden with weeds.
However, the departure of the summer is no reason to feel disappointed; it’s a time where you can get the garden tools out and prepare it for when the good weather returns.
The best section of the garden to start on is the lawn.
During the winter it’ll need little, if any, mowing at all.
The darker, frostier conditions will ensure growth is kept to a minimal level. For now, though, mow the lawn, trim the edges and maintain it with our ST05 Cordless Grass Trimmer & Edger or the Grass Shears attachment for our HT04 garden multi tool.
If you carry this through until around the end of October, you can effectively save yourself a lot of work
The autumn is also a fantastic time to carry out any essential hedge trimming. Spring brings nesting birds, and it’s an offence to cut hedges that birds are nesting in. Hedges are also dormant during the winter months, so any hard pruning won’t have a damaging effect.
It’s also worth pulling up any summer plants – as they won’t survive the cold snap – and weeds growing around the garden. Roughen up empty flower beds when you’ve finished, as this will leave potential pests exposed during the colder weather, preventing them from causing problems during the following year.
You probably won’t be able to do a whole lot of weeding during the winter, but you can at least get rid of those still impeding your view of an immaculate patio surface. With our Gtech HT04 Patio Cleaner Attachment you don’t even have to get down on your knees to do it.
Any clean up involves an investment of time, but it’s one that will allow you to really reap the rewards by the time spring comes back around!