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13 expert October gardening tips (so it survives winter)

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton

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Can you believe it's October already? It doesn't seem long ago that we were looking forward to summer and talking about getting your outside space party-ready. Alas, here we are looking at ways to protect and preserve your garden in the colder months.

If nothing else, gardeners the land over will be impressed you're being so proactive! If you want to maintain your stunning garden and not let all your hard gardening work during the warmer months go to waste, read on, as we've found some simple yet effective ways to make it happen!

1. Identify which blooms are the most delicate in your garden and cover them before any frost hits

2. Clear fallen leaves from the lawn to stop it getting too soggy. Don't discard them just yet though…

3. Keep collected leaves to turn into mulch, which will nourish your beds and keep them warm

4. Tidy up your borders now because later in the year they'll be more difficult to tackle and the weather might be rotten

5. Plant evergreens to ensure you'll have some vibrant colour in your garden even during winter

Broadgates Road SW18:  Garden by BTL Property LTD
BTL Property LTD

Broadgates Road SW18

BTL Property LTD

6. Remove any greenhouse shades you have in place, as with fewer daylight hours, they all count now

7. Give your compost bin a good turn over and put compost that's ready to use on your delicate flowers

A tranquil combination of traditional rock, slate and Acer :  Garden by Lush Garden Design
Lush Garden Design

A tranquil combination of traditional rock, slate and Acer

Lush Garden Design

8. Give your greenhouse an 'autumn clean' as opposed to a spring clean. Get rid of anything that's died, remove rubbish and get ready for spring now

Swallow Eagle Greenhouse:  Garden by Greenhouse Stores
Greenhouse Stores

Swallow Eagle Greenhouse

Greenhouse Stores

9. Take the time to maintain your tools. Oil any wooden handles so they don't split in the cold, sharpen blades and carry out some general maintenance

10. Be sure to harvest the last of your summer crops and get your winter seeds sown

11. Treat wooden outbuildings to a fresh coat of stain or varnish so they're protected in the cold

Garden Rooms by eDEN Garden Rooms:  Garden by eDEN Garden Rooms Ltd
eDEN Garden Rooms Ltd

Garden Rooms by eDEN Garden Rooms

eDEN Garden Rooms Ltd

12. Anything that you can feasibly move inside, do. Even something as simple as bringing a herb planter into your kitchen will help

Mote Avenue, Maidstone :  Garden by Cowen Garden Design
Cowen Garden Design

Mote Avenue, Maidstone

Cowen Garden Design

13. Net any ponds and/or water features to prevent wildlife getting injured in or on frozen water. This will also stop fallen leaves from blocking up any filtration systems

Stone Water Fountain:  Garden by Unique Landscapes
Unique Landscapes

Stone Water Fountain

Unique Landscapes

For more autumn gardening tips, take a look at this Ideabook: 14 Ideas To Get Your Garden Shipshape For Autumn.

When do you usually prepare your garden for winter?
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