Maintaining the Autumn Garden

Top tips for the garden designer from the UK’s leading garden design course.

It’s easy to forget to offer your client’s clear instructions for maintaining their new garden so listed here are the principle jobs you should be pondering today of year. For more details try among the Royal Horticultural Societies guides or contact knowledgeable gardener.

– Trees – Here is the highest time of year for tree planting. We’ll plant hundreds of trees within the Autumn so plan borders early, plant now with one of the best of the most recent season’s stock and you’ll have great flowers and healthy specimens next year. And after all don’t forget that it really is one of the best season for formative pruning work.

– Mulch – It’s also a superb time to mulch borders and top dress plants in containers. Encourage your clients to get a compost bin and they’ll make their own mulch. Often local authorities have reduced priced compost bins that you may make the most of.

– Annuals and perennials – Lift dead annuals and scale back hardy perennials to the base.
– Shrubs – Begin transplanting established plants as soon as leaves fall and immediately prune the plants back by a third to remove buds and put the energy back into the roots. If it’s dry be certain the transplanted shrub gets a whole lot of water in addition.

– Hedges – Prune evergreen hedges and cut out diseased, dead and damaged wood in shrubs.

– Plant new bare-root and container-grown perennials into prepared ground. Be careful to exploit well-composted manure, don’t accept cheap farmyard manure that has a whole lot straw in it so as to remove nitrogen from the soil as it rots down and do nothing in your new plants.

– Roses – Remove plant debris, minimize taller large flowered roses, check stakes and ties of climbers and prune bush, standard and newly planted roses.

– Climbers – Renew ties and supports but be careful to prune in step with species so that you just encourage flowering shoots next year.

– Tender plants – Protect from early frost damage by either bringing into the greenhouse or conservatory or covering with a fleece.

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