Top Tips for Preparing your Garden for Winter
After the fantastic summer we’ve had in Kent we’re now finally drawing into autumn. Now’s the time when your garden will start retreating for winter but don’t be fooled – this doesn’t necessarily mean you can sit back, relax and watch it happen. A bit of work now will do your garden a world of good come spring so don’t put the green thumb away just yet. We’ve put together a handful of tips if you fancy doing one last bit of gardening.
Rot and rust control
With the nights getting cooler, and dew appearing in the mornings, rot can become a bit of a problem. Some plants will need a bit of maintenance to ensure they don’t succumb. It’s a good idea to keep deadheading dahlias, dead flowers should be pulled from courgettes, and water pumpkins if the weather is dry to ensure you make the most of the harvest. You may also see rust appearing on pelargoniums, so try to move them into sunny positions (rust prefers the damp). Try to generally maintain hygiene by removing any fallen foliage from pots, and re-pot once a year.
Weed kill the lawn
Autumn is a good time to apply weed killer to your lawn to get rid of any seeds that have landed on it during the summer. It will make your weeding job a lot easier in the spring. Once you’ve applied weed killer, make sure to keep any pets inside for a couple of hours to allow the poison to get into the offending weeds.
Keep picking your tomatoes
If you have tomatoes, you should regularly pick them during autumn to prevent a fungal infection. Pick away the ripened fruit to allow the next batch to grow.