As Autumn and Winter are approaching, the weather is getting colder and the nights are drawing in, we’ll be using our gardens less and less as the weeks go on. Our barbecues and sun loungers away for another year as the Earth gears up for the upcoming seasons. The best 4 months of the year, in my humble opinion!

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But the keen gardeners and outdoorsy folk among us might not think so, as chilling in the garden, surrounded by blooming flowers, buzzing bees and an array of colours is out of the question now until next Spring rolls around.

But it’s important to still take care of your garden, even if you’re not going to be using it as much. You wouldn’t want to get into Spring next year for it to be completely unusable because you didn’t prepare properly for Winter. If you’re having a real revamp of your outdoor space, you can even find tree removal services here: The Local Tree Experts!

Here are some simple ways to prepare your garden for Autumn & Winter!

De-clutter and have an Autumn clear out

I feel like a broken record sometimes when I talk about de-cluttering because I just love it so much but damn, have a de-clutter of your garden! Chances are, it’s an area of your home you’ve neglected. That means clearing out the shed, cleaning your green house if you’ve got one and just generally throwing away anything old or broken.

Take care of your lawn

We have a gardener that comes once every two weeks for most of the year (that sounds more posh than it is!) apart from during Winter and it’s very noticeable when he hasn’t been. Artificial grass is best installed in Autumn or Winter, when the ground isn’t as hard – so that could be a good option for tidying up your lawn during the colder months!

Cover any potted shrubs to prevent frost damage

Shrubs which have been planted into pots during the year are at risk of frost damage when the dead of Winter hits us. Although it’s not very aesthetically pleasing, wrapping these pots in bubble wrap can be a really useful way to help prevent that from happening over Winter!

Cover your garden furniture

Chances, are you’re not going to be using your garden furniture much when it’s minus one outside. So when the weather starts to drop, treat wooden furniture accordingly and cover up or put away (if you have the room) anything you’re not going to be using until next Spring, to prevent it getting damaged.

Look after your garden’s wildlife

Winter can be tough on wildlife, so they need all the help they can get from us during the cold months. Make sure there’s bird feed out and bird baths are filled (and don’t forget the break the ice in them if they ice over). If you’re planning any bonfires, ensure there’s no wildlife hiding around before you light it.

Fairy lights for Christmas

And lastly, you can’t not pop up some pretty fairy lights for the holiday season in your garden to make it look as magical as possible? You can buy some great LED lights – which are also more energy efficient and better for the environment and also outdoor-friendly. Turn your garden into a Winter wonderland!

How do you prepare your garden for the Autumn and Winter months?

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  1. This is a great idea for anyone who has a garden! Make sense that we don’t want to underdo the work & effort put into its maintenance over the course of the year. 💞

  2. My next door neighbour just got a lot of solar-powered outdoor lights and I think I’m going to copy him this winter, haha. I also like to make sure there’s enough food for the birds – we stock up on fat balls for the cold months!

  3. This post is making me miss having a garden so much! Sadly where I live it’s too hot to have one, otherwise I’d be all for it!


  4. I can’t believe autumn is coming! I love that there are ways to still save your garden without letting it get hit by the colder weather. I find covering the furniture being worthwhile. Thanks for sharing these tips!

    Nancy ♥

  5. My partner takes care of the garden but until he had to take care of me, it’s what he did for a living anyway. He loves it out in the garden. So, he makes sure it’s all ready for Autumn and Winter. 🙂

    Sarah 🌺 || Boxnip || Latest Post

  6. I needed this reminder, so thanks for writing this! Didn’t know about the bubble wrap idea so will have to try that as my herbs always die over winter (they’re in giant pots so I can’t bring them in) 😭

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