This is the time of year that you should have the fork out and be digging up the soil. In doing so you help expose the bugs underneath to the birds so that they get eaten and don’t eat your plants when you plant them next! Also, try adding some organic matter to your soil and digging that through to nourish the soil ready for planting.
If you have plants which are susceptible to the frost you need to cover them up or bring them inside. Try wrapping them in cardboard or putting them inside your shed if you can.
When you get a nice day make sure that you have your equipment ready to paint fences, mend sheds, rebuild walls and pathways, etc. This is the time to start doing this preparation so that the cold and wet winter doesn’t destroy your wood. If you have any sheds or garages which you heat, make sure that you add insulation so as to save some money on your heating bills.
Because you aren’t going to be cutting the grass very often now is the time to get the lawnmower services. Find a local dealer and have them give it a once over.
Try to get rid of any build up of leaves and garden waste. As these build up the insects and animals can start to live in them and ruin whatever they are sitting on top of, perhaps your grass. Clear it all away, either by throwing it in the rubbish, taking it to the skip or using it in the compost heap.
If you are blessed with a sunny day get out there and repair some holes and any problem areas on the grass. If there has been a lot of rain and it’s saturated and has standing water avoid walking on it as this will cause damage to your lawn.
Now can be a good time to get some bark chipping and put it around the flowers so that they have a little extra protection
So, in summary now is a time for protecting and battening down the hatches in preparation for the winter months. If you are lucky enough to get some good, not too cold and sunny days you should be able to get a lot done which will help your garden look a lot cleaner, fresher and beautiful the next summer.
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