Sunday, October 6, 2013

Autumn Planting Tips for Year Round Color

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Autumn Planting Tips for Year Round Color
Summer may have come to an end but that doesn’t mean there is no work to do outside. There is plenty you can do at this time of year to make the most of your garden, and bulbs and seeds to plant that will bring color all year round.

Brilliant Bulbs
Autumn is the perfect time of year to plan for next spring, by planting spring-flowering bulbs. Plant them in the borders of your garden to bring bursts of color to the edges of your lawn, or plant them in containers if you have a smaller garden or yard that you want to make the most of.  Daffodils, crocuses and hyacinths are some of the most attractive plants to grow from bulb and this is the time to plant them. There are not many problems in planting bulbs; just make sure that yours are healthy when they first go in the ground.

A lovely lawn
Autumn is a great time to do a bit of seasonal maintenance on your turf. There are three main jobs to do at this time of year, which are: scarification, aeration and top-dressing. On a small garden a spring rake should be perfectly adequate to scarify your lawn, but if your grounds are more extensive you may want to hire a machine scarifier. You essentially just scrape the grass, removing weeds, dead grass, moss and other debris and this lets light reach previously covered grass.

Aeration is another autumn job but one that is only really necessary every few years. This improves the routing environment of your turf as well as drainage. This can be done simply with a garden fork, which should be inserted about 10 centimetres deep into your turf roughly every 15 centimetres. Machine aerators are available too for large lawns.

After aeration it is time for top-dressing. This is where you scatter a mixture of topsoil, sharp sand and compost evenly across your lawn. Work it in with a rake and this will help root growth and drainage further. At this time of year you shouldn’t need to water your lawn very often but in dry spells you could use a stretch hose to give it a little drink.

Fabulous flowers
Autumn is also the perfect time to plant a number of summer-blooming flowers. Annuals can be planted now for an impressive early display in summer. Some hardy flowers can be sown and left but others must be covered with cloches or horticultural fleece to protect them from winter frost.

Sensational shrubs and trees
Another way to add some immediate color and foliage in autumn is by planting a few new shrubs and trees. It is best to plant trees and shrubs from October to April so you can get a head start by choosing your plants now.

To give them the best chance loosen soil and add fertilizer to the planting site. Tease out roots for a good spread and place soil around them when refilling the hole.

These tips should help you to create a colorful, attractive garden all year round and they will give you plenty to do this autumn!

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