The last months of the year are not easy for gardeners. Harvesting and planting are usually scheduled in October, pruning in November and plant protection in December. Fall gardening therefore requires special attention. Discover the right gestures to make this task as simple as possible.
10 tips for maintaining your garden in autumn
Withering flowers, falling leaves and scorching trees… Nothing in the fall really makes you want to dedicate yourself to gardening. However, it is during this period that it is advisable to organize your green square so as not to be taken aback before spring. With a rake, you remove the dead leaves which lack aesthetics, but also for safety reasons in order to avoid domestic accidents. Here are our tips for not neglecting anything.
Do not delay in collecting dead leaves, because, in contact with ambient humidity, they quickly rot and create an environment conducive to disease. But instead of throwing them away, use them in your homemade compost or thick mulch to protect your plants from dropping temperatures.
Fall is a good time to prune and prune your shrubs. The yellowing leaves sound the starting signal to lighten them from the peripheral branches. Be careful not to cut systematically. Do this only to increase flowering potential or bulk up your plants, but also to prevent them from storing moisture and starting to rot.
Repotting is now
Whether they are plants that have become too large or plants that have grown spontaneously, move them, preferably with their root ball. Its volume should be half that of the branches.
Pamper your lawn
For it to be beautiful and withstand the winter season, the lawn requires some care. Start by ridding it of dead leaves that block the sun’s rays and give it a final mowing before All Saints’ Day. Do not prune less than 5 cm. This length promotes biodiversity while allowing slower regrowth, which will space out mowing during the summer months.
Anticipate the frost
Place potted plants near the south-facing facade to protect them from the cold and bring the most fragile ones into a veranda or a cool room for the same reasons. With regard to the fragile massifs, wrap them in a wintering veil and protect the ground which surrounds them with a mound of light earth or a mulch at least 10 cm thick. Don’t forget to dig up the flower bulbs to store them in a well-ventilated box in the garage or basement.
Welcome little visitors
These are useful animals and insects in the garden. Limiting the spraying of products against pests, they contribute to the eradication of aphids or slugs. So place feeders or nest boxes that you will fill with seeds or piles of wood for the hedgehogs.
Store the last harvests
Autumn remains a generous season. So, consider harvesting the last fruits and vegetables from the orchard and vegetable garden in a cool, dry place, preferably in ventilated boxes, to keep them longer.
Prepare the gourmands of your spring garden
To enjoy a colorful garden next spring, start planting your tulip, narcissus or hyacinth bulbs. In this vein, October is also a good time to sow spinach, peas or broad beans, when the ground is still warm. And as the saying goes, “at Sainte-Catherine, everything takes root”, don’t forget to plant your fruit trees in soil enriched with manure.
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The electric hedge trimmer from Einhell
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Naturen’s Organic Compost Activator
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