Top jobs to keep your garden ship shape this season
Autumn can be one of the busiest times of the year in the garden with much to be done. But just a little bit of outdoors housekeeping at this time of year can leave your garden looking neat and tidy over winter and make it all the easier to resume gardening again come the spring.
So get started with our easy overview of autumnal activities - from trimming to pruning, mowing to cleaning – to get your garden prepped for the season ahead.
Tools & materials required
How to clear leaves and garden debris
You might need:
Clearing autumn leaves can seem like an irksome task, but we have plenty of tools available to get the job done.
Make clearing leaves as easy as possible with a garden blower vacuum. These two-in-one tools can suck up the leaves into a bag for easy disposal, or blow them for collection. Separate blowers and vacuums are also available, depending on your needs.
Fancy a more traditional approach or keen for a garden work-out? Grab a rake and collect the leaves and garden debris the old-fashioned way. Collect them into a wheelbarrow.
Fallen leaves are also excellent for creating your own leaf-mould, which, when dug into the garden in spring, will help the root systems of your plants. Or collect them into a compost or leaf heap. Read our guide to creating your own compost If you’re looking to dispose of your leaves, bag them up into garden refuse sacks and leave for the bin men to collect (if you’re part of your local green recycling scheme) or dispose of at your local tip.
How to mow the lawn
You might need:
Autumn is often mild enough to continue mowing your lawn through until October as the grass will continue to grow until the weather becomes cold. Keep an eye on the long-range weather forecast to ensure your lawn is well trimmed before the temperatures are expected to drop. Being tidy over winter will make it all the easier to deal with when the spring arrives.
Check out our guide to looking after your lawn
How to clean plant pots
Remove any existing compost from inside the pots. Slugs and snails will often lay eggs deep down in the soil so it’s essential to check that all of it’s taken out. Use a brush to scrub off any that’s stuck on.
Wash the pots with soapy water or disinfectant.
Rinse the pots thoroughly with clean water.
Leave to dry and ensure they’ve dried out before reusing.
How to clean garden tools
Most tools are susceptible to rust and, like pots and seed trays, can carry disease and fungal spores. It’s important to keep them clean throughout the season whilst using, but a good clean before storing for the winter will disinfect them.
In addition to the aforementioned disinfectant, you might need:
Wash off any soil or dirt in a bucket or using a hose.
Consider using a disinfectant if you’re worried about disease or fungal spores.
Leave to dry and ensure that all tools are thoroughly dry before putting away.
Now is a good time to oil any shears or secateurs to keep the action smooth and free.