Autumn garden preparation

Summer is a fantastic time to enjoy your garden. Your plants and trees are lush while they bring colour with their beautiful blooms. Of course, once these blooms are spent and the temperatures drop, it’s time to prepare your garden for the cold. Here are a few important steps that you should take before it gets too cold.

Firstly, take stock of your garden and inspect your plants. This is the best time to give your garden a full and complete clean up. Some plants die in the winter whereas others simply remain dormant. Those that are bound to perish can be removed so that you have fresh ground ready when you plan to replant. If you remove any and all weeds in your garden, it will also mean that your garden will look its best in the spring.

Some plants can be planted during the autumn. Bulbs should be planted at about 4 to 8 inches from the surface. Plant them in clusters and, when spring comes, you will enjoy the beauty of these young plants and their blooms.

Many people are tempted to prune their roses after the last flowers bloom. However, it is best to wait until spring to prune such plants. It will ensure that the plant survives the winter and, when you prune in the spring, you will enjoy watching your roses flourish.

There are also some plants that cannot be left outside during the winter. These plants should be kept in pots so that they can easily be moved indoors once the frost sets in. Frost is your first sign that the temperatures are about to drop significantly and, it you want your more sensitive plants to survive, it’s best to keep them from freezing.