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Essential Autumn Gardening Tips in London


As the vibrant summer season comes to a close in London, garden lovers are presented with a critical opportunity to maintain and care for their green spaces. October brings both the joys of new autumnal blooms and the challenges of managing the garden's growth. This comprehensive guide offers essential gardening tips for Autumn and tasks to ensure your London garden remains a picturesque haven throughout this colourful season.


Watering:

Despite the potential for warm weather fading, proper watering is still paramount. Water your garden deeply and consistently, preferably during the early morning or late afternoon to minimize evaporation. Be mindful of the specific water needs of different plants, focusing on those with shallow roots.


Weeding:


Autumn is a prime time for weeds to take advantage the remaining sunlight and moisture. Regularly weed your garden beds and borders to prevent competition for resources and maintain the aesthetic appeal of your space. When pulling weeds, aim to get as much of the root system as possible. Hold the weed close to the base and pull gently but firmly to avoid breaking the stem. Weeding is often more effective after rainfall or irrigation when the soil is slightly moist. This makes it easier to remove weeds and their roots.


Pruning and Deadheading:


Trim back faded flowers through deadheading to encourage continuous blooming. Additionally, prune any overgrown branches to maintain the desired shape of your plants and promote healthy growth. Wisteria needs pruning, and now is the last chance to cut lavender to encourage a second flowering. Deadheading geraniums (cranesbills) help extend their flowering period and keep the plants looking neat. Trim back any leggy growth to encourage bushiness.


Lawn Care:

Keep your lawn in tip-top condition by mowing regularly but not too short. Aim for a height of about 2.5 to 3 inches (6-8cm) to conserve moisture and maintain grass health. It is also a suitable time to reseed any sparse areas. Keeping your grass at this height helps shade the soil, conserves moisture, and discourages weed growth.

Early Autumn is also a good time to lay new turf!


Fertilizing:


Provide a light application of balanced fertilizer early on to feed your plants and promote ongoing growth. Choose a formulation that suits your garden's needs and follow the manufacturer's instructions. Homemade fertilizers can provide valuable nutrients like banana peels, eggshells and coffee grounds, but they might not contain a precise balance of nutrients like commercial fertilizers. To ensure your plants receive a well-rounded diet, you can combine homemade options with the occasional use of commercially formulated organic fertilizers. Avoid fertilizing late in the season to prevent encouraging new growth that might not have time to mature before winter.


Pest Control:


Stay vigilant against common garden pests such as aphids, caterpillars, and slugs. Introduce natural predators such like ladybirds and nematodes, or use appropriate insecticides if necessary. Regularly inspect your plants for any signs of infestations. You might want to try homemade solutions of soap and water (2.5 tablespoons each of dishsoap and vegetable oil to 4 litres of warm water) before using more potent commercial insecticides for controling crawling insects.


Mulching:


Apply a layer of organic mulch around the base of your plants. Mulching helps retain soil moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature – all of which contribute to healthier plants. In the UK, commonly used organic mulches include compost, well-rotted manure, straw, wood chips, and leaf litter. Inorganic mulches like gravel and stone can also be used, particularly in areas where water conservation is a priority.



Planning Ahead:


As the memory of summer fades, now is the time to consider planting shrubs, trees, late-blooming perennials and bulbs for next year. Begin to think about the transition from autumn to winter and plan any necessary changes to your garden's layout or design.



By dedicating time and effort to these essential autumn garden maintenance tasks, London gardeners can bask in the beauty of their well-kept outdoor spaces. Proper watering, pruning, fertilizing, and pest control, along with attentive care for lawns, ensure that the garden continues to thrive throughout the Autumn months. With a little planning, your garden will remain a delightful oasis as the seasons change.


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