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Improve Soil Quality
Improve and condition soil by digging it over with rotted leaves and/or farmyard manure. This will put nutrients back into the soil and replace the goodness that your plants will have used up during the year.
Protect Outdoor Plants
Protect shrubs, perennials and evergreens by placing a good 2 inch mulch around the base to protect crowns and roots. You can use wood-chip, straw, bark chippings, crushed shells or well rotted manure, this provides a barrier against the cold weather and helps lock in nutrients; before mulching make sure that the plant is well watered and free of weeds.
Cut Back Herbaceous Plants
Remove what's left of your herbaceous plants by cutting them back and disposing of the cuttings into the compost heap.
Check Greenhouse Heating
Make sure greenhouse heaters are working properly if you have them.
Apply an autumn lawn feed to revitalise summer lawns and help them through the colder months, re-turf if necessary.
Move Vulnerable Plants Indoors.
If you haven't moved plants that are tender and won't survive the winter yet, then now is the time to do so! Bring vulnerable plants indoors; anything that can't be moved should be provided with winter protection. Mulch, bubble wrap or protect with a winter fleece. We recommend the latter.
Tidy Autumn Leaves
Build a leaf bin out of chicken wire to collect autumn leaves.
Apply an Autumn Lawn Feed
Applying an autumn lawn feed now will keep your lawn healthy and help it withstand harsh winter weather. Make sure you apply an autumn fertiliser that's high in potash and phosphates. High Nitrogen spring/summer feeds will only encourage top growth, which is soft and easily damaged by frosts.
If you have a pond, remove pumps and filters from fountains to prevent frost damage. You can prevent your pond from freezing over by floating large inflatable balls or plastic bottles filled with stones on the surface. Fish need oxygen so if your pond does freeze, you can place a pan of hot water on the surface to melt it. Net ponds to prevent leaves falling in.