When the summer season is drawing to an end, ardent gardeners start to think of how to prepare their gardens for the cold and wetter time of the year. If you want your garden to preserve its appealing look in the winter, then you have to be ahead of the changing season.
The following practices will help to ensure your lawn thrives as the temperature approaches the freezing point;
1. Mowing your lawn
It is important to cut down your grass to an even height before the cold season commences. The frequency of your mowing will depend on the kind of grass grown. The warm and the cold season turf behave differently in the autumn. The cold season grass for example bluegrass will persist to grow even in the chilly weather up to the freezing point. Consequently, a grass care routine of mowing twice a month would be appropriate. That should go on until the ground starts to freeze. By so doing you will cut down on the possibility of fungal attack on your grass
2. Aerating the lawn
The heavy traffic on your garden will lead to the compaction of the soil. Shortly before the autumn, you should aerate your garden and thus provide the ideal environment for the plants’ roots. Usually, after mowing, grass cutting and other leaves choke the lawn. For that reason, the drainage and aeration of the soil become difficult. That calls for dethatching your lawn.
3. Removing the weeds
The weeds in your garden are a real threat to the thriving of your plants. They compete with your plants for nutrients, and moisture from the soil. Hence, controlling them by weeding or uprooting, gives your precious plants the opportunity of storing enough nutrients for the autumn.
4. Fertilizing your lawn
For the plants in your garden to have a healthy growth in autumn, they require fertilizers. Therefore adding a quality fertilizer to your garden will steer them to a healthy life. For the right fertilizer for your garden, seek the help of the local patio cleaning company. The grass in your garden needs to have healthy leaves and well-established roots to prepare them for the coming harsh autumn.
5. Removing annual flowers
Any experienced gardener in the UK will appreciate how annual flowers paint vibrant display of your garden. However such annual plants are only fit for a single season and will grow with difficulty in the autumn. Uprooting them from your garden will then give you an easy management during the cold season.
6. Integrating cover crops into your garden
Cover crops play a vital role in the soil drainage. When you grow them in your garden soil, they will improve its fertility yet reduce the soil erosion. Ryegrass is a good example here.
7. Covering up your garden’s ponds
It is wise to remove leaves and other foreign particles from your pond before covering it. By so doing the leaves that would fall during the autumn won’t penetrate into the pond to pollute it. A net would form an excellent cover for your garden pond.