Many people find gardening a therapeutic hobby. It can be a great way of spending a few hours or more a week with nature. We’ve got some great tips for how you can prepare your garden for autumn, whether you’re new to gardening or have been an avid gardener for many years.
Top 5 gardening ideas for late summer:
- Prepare your herbaceous perennials
Herbaceous perennials are plants that return each year and grow quite large so it’s important that you divide them before they get too big. You should also collect and sow their seeds at this time of year. Popular herbaceous perennials include Lavender, Geranium, Penstemon and Phlox.
- Harvest your fruit and vegetables
If you’ve got some fruit trees in your garden or a vegetable patch, now is the time to enjoy what you’ve produced. Apple crumble anyone?
- Water, water and more water
You should still be watering your lawn, plants and flowers at this time of year, especially during dry spells. It’s advisable to try and water in the morning before it gets too hot.
Keep an eye on the water level in your pond too and top up if needed. If you want to save yourself from having to remove countless leaves from your pond once autumn arrives, cover your pond with a net.
- Plant spring flowering bulbs
Spend time thinking about how you want your garden to look next year and once you’ve decided, plant some spring flowering bulbs. For instance, if you want to have daffodils, crocus and hyacinths then you need to plant them by late September.
- Build your own compost heap
Rather than putting your grass cuttings into a garden waste bin for your local council to dispose of, why not have your own compost heap in a corner of your garden? Add some vegetable peelings, give it a few months to breakdown and hey presto, you’ll have lots of nutritious compost to use in your garden.