Autumn Gardening

With a little planning and a little effort you can avoid the devastating effects of the winter cold. Let Catscapes landscapes create the garden of your dreams; from mulching to frost covers; from complete redesign to irrigation.
1. Protecting your plants

Your beautiful garden plants will most probably get destroyed by the frost in winter (depending on your location) if precautions aren’t taken to protect them. The only way to prevent this from happening is to wrap with frost cover or hessian.

You can also use thatching grass to protect the tender stems

Plant snap dragons, pansies, violas, alyssum, primulas, delphiniums, dianthus, foxgloves and petunias.

Cover all the tropical plants, especially large leaf plants such as the giant strelitsia and the tree fern.

Mulch is the shredding of leaves, sticks, grass and bark, and any material placed over soil in the garden to help retain moisture and stop the soil from eroding. Mulch also enriches the existing soil and should be layered 5cm to 10cm thick.

2. What to plant this autumn

There’s no need to have to prepare your eyes for a sore sight over these colder months, as you can still enjoy a colourful environment. Your winter annuals should be planted and should provide cheery relief over this period.

If you have a vegetable garden, autumn is the time to plant winter vegetables like onions, cabbage, broccoli, peas and broadbeans.

Remember to water them in the mornings to allow more time for water to filter through to the roots and get some sunshine.

This is also a good time to start moving some of the shrubs and trees that need a new location.

3. Planting for spring

While working on your winter garden, don’t forget to think about spring. Many plants can already be planted in the autumn and winter months to sprout when spring arrives.

Some bulbs can go into the ground by March, though many will need to wait until the end of autumn.

4. Care and maintenance tips

To insure the well-being of their precious gardens, homeowners need to do all the pruning at the beginning of autumn, and if any of these plants or trees are diseased, cut the diseased sections off and dump or burn these cuttings, as they can cause problems and possibly infect the rest of your garden.

Autumn is also a good time to start a compost pile or to add to your existing one. There will be more than enough dead leaves, flowers, plants, grass cuttings and kitchen waste to use. This will help your garden significantly next season. Remember not to throw weeds or diseased plants into the compost bin.

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