IRON – Autumn & Bulb Planting

Jane @ Chepstow

Jane @ Chepstow

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Autumn is the perfect time to tidy your garden before the cold weather. There are lots of simple jobs you can do to help your garden continue to look spectacular through winter and in to spring.

The first job is tidy your beds. Deadhead flowers, remove dead leaves, pull out collapsed stems and cut back your herbaceous perennials – this will neaten everything up and help it grow back healthy. Don’t forget to remove weeds! You can also spread compost or manure over the soil to insulate plant roots.

Next, turn your attention to your lawn. You will be slowing down on your mowing now, make sure to keep your lawn mower height set high to keep the grass slightly longer for winter, this will help it stay healthy. Grab an edging tool or knife to trim and edge your lawn, a pristine lawn line always looks fantastic.

Our favourite autumn job is planting bulbs. Daffodils, tulips, crocus and hyacinths are all popular spring flowers you can plant now to enjoy vibrant colours in the spring. You can also plant summer bulbs like lilies, alliums and crocosmia.

Our top tips for bulb planting:

  • Plant most bulbs 2 to 3 times their depth. So, if you have a bulb which is 5cm tall, dig a hole 10-15cm and sit the bulb at the bottom.
  • Certain bulbs prefer certain areas, daffodils like a sunny spot with well-drained soil, snowdrops like dappled light and moist soil. It is always best to check.
  • Layer bulbs in pots – start with the largest bulbs at the bottom and work up. Choose bulbs which will flower in different months, so you have constant colour. Top with pansies to add colour in the winter.

If you need any advice come in to our centre or contact us, we’re here to help!

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