Autumn is an exciting time for gardening and nature fans! While we lose summer’s bright flowers, there is a lot you can do to have colour in your garden during the colder months - and to prepare it for next Spring.
Here are our top five Autumn garden tips from in-house expert and Head of our Garden Centre, Mark:
Look after your lawn
This is the best time of year to feed your grass to prep it for Spring (or to grow a new lawn all together!). Giving the green stuff some attention now will mean it is protected and in good health throughout winter - and in full glory by Springtime. It’s an idea to scarify (scrape out your lawn), feed it with a specific Autumn fertiliser and seed any patches which aren’t as lush as you’d like. The feed will be able to work its way into the cool soil and reach the roots which are working well at this time of year.
Plant Spring bulbs now
Mid September is the time to plant Spring flowering bulbs to get the cheerful brightness everyone loves. You can choose from a fantastic range, such as Daffodils, Narcissus and Hyacinths. These are all great options and give nice variety and cheer. Make sure you hold off until November - until the soil is cold - to plant your Tulips, otherwise they are unlikely to thrive!
Sort your Autumn and Winter planters and containers
The time is right to take out any bedraggled and withering Summer plants and spruce up planters and tubs again! You can get great colour in the cold seasons from bedding such as Pansies, Violas, Cyclamen and Bellis. Your arrangements will be enhanced by the use of trailing foliage like Thyme, Rosemary, Sedum, Ivy and Helichrosium - or evergreens such as mini Conifers.
Look after wildlife in Autumn and Winter
The colder months are tough on our local wildlife - but you can support it! Birds need high energy seed blends (check your feeders are still operational or buy new ones) and always need water. Bird baths topped up with fresh water when other sources are frozen are lifesavers - literally.
But it’s not just the birds we need to help - hedgehogs benefit from specialist feed and houses which they can hibernate in come late October. This prickly garden-dweller struggles in spaces with no hedges (such as new build housing developments) and our squirrels can benefit from specially designed feeders and houses, too.
Evergreens are a garden’s centrepoint. They provide structure and interest all year round for us humans and provide essential living spaces for insects and birds to build nests in. There are many species to choose from and popular evergreens are Topiary (or Buxus), which can provide attractive, sculpted options for your garden.
Our Garden Centre in Livingston and shops across Scotland stock a range of Scottish-grown bedding and Autumn gardening products - and we’re always here for advice. If you need help, you can talk to us in-store, use our live chat facility on the website or you can reach out to us by email or on social media.