Pruning is one of the first jobs you can do. Remove any dead wood from hedges and larger shrubs. Trim back to get your preferred shape and promote new growth.
Trimming hedges before the onset of winter will help to keep them compact and bushy from ground level.
Now is the perfect time to feed lawns. Use an easy to apply hose-on ‘weed and feed’ product and use a garden fork to spike compacted areas.
Apply a granulated wetting agent to ensure autumn rain sinks in.
Use lawn seed to repair any bare spots that have appeared in the lawn.
Deadhead the roses and apply fertiliser to encourage a final flush of flowers. In mid-autumn, tidy them up and sprayfor mildew and black spot.
Plant bulbs for spring and winter flowering plants such as Sweet Peas.
Remove spent summer-flowering annuals. Clean up garden beds and apply manure ready for the next planting.
Mulch everything and fertilise trees and plants with an appropriate product for their needs.
If you don’t have the time (or the inclination) to get out into the garden this autumn, contact your local, expert gardener. This way, you can enjoy a beautiful spring garden, without any of the hard work!