Tuesday, 15 October 2013

All the leaves are Brown


The autumn season is upon us, and for those who like to garden, that means a shift in priorities. While it's certainly advisable to stay active in your garden throughout the entire year, autumn gardening involves very different steps and tasks than spring and summer activity. So with that in mind, here are 5 tips for gardening as the weather cools off and autumn fully sets in!



1. Deal With Fallen Leaves



For the most part, this means raking up the fallen leaves as quickly and efficiently as possible, because fallen leaves left untended can obscure your soil and ultimately be harmful to your garden. However, "Everything Zoomer" notes that there are certain leaves that can act like "gold for your garden." Click here for their full list of trees whose leaves can add nutrients to your garden, and be converted to fertilizer by worms.



2. Consider Autumn Colours



Of course, many of the brighter flowers and plants of spring and summer won't bloom anyway in the autumn, but nevertheless think about some autumn flowering plants with colours that specifically fit the season. Many people opt for mums, which offer a burst of colour to your garden and can stay healthy for years.



3. Mind Your Equipment



Some like to take the autumn season as an opportunity to care for and revive equipment that is used more frequently and more consistently during the spring and summer planting seasons. A My Smart Buy blog article on autumn gardening tips discusses this topic a bit more thoroughly. For tips on handling equipment, and which equipment to focus on, click here.



4. Try Fruit Trees



If you're looking for something new to plant in your garden this autumn, www.rightathome.com makes the interesting suggestion of trying out a fruit tree or two. Specifically, the site notes apple, pear, plum and cherry trees, among others, as those that do particularly well when planted in the autumn. This can give you a project for the autumn, and a fun new element of your garden to watch in the coming seasons and years.



5. Plant Spring Flowers



While it's perfectly natural to want to enhance your garden for the current season - putting in those fall flowering plants, raking leaves and keeping things in order, etc. - it's also important to plan ahead, as always in gardening. If your temperatures aren't too cool yet, take the opportunity to plant some more spring flowering plants while they still have time to establish themselves before winter sets in. Planting these bulbs now will result in a fuller, more vibrant spring garden.



Tell me what jobs you have for the coming weeks in the garden.



This is a guest post by Sarah Thompson. Sarah is a freelance writer and blog contributor who covers topics related to home and gardening.  Some links are to third party websites, Cordelia's Cottage is not responsible for the content of these pages*