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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.

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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Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.

18 Comments

  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. I’m going to show my husband this!

  4. Boss Babe Chronicles says:

    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!

    Mariam
    bossbabechroniclesblog.com

  5. Thanks for sharing these tips. I’ll definitely be leaving out some food for the wildlife this winter, and adding fairy lights seems like idea!

    Loren | Plaid & Sugar

    1. I definitely want to focus on the wildlife more! x

  6. 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 ♥ exquisitely.me

  7. We forgot to cover the garden furniture last winter now it has a lovely dip in the middle where a huge pile of snow sat on it for days…oops. I can’t wait for winter! x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

  8. I really want to get some lights in our garden x

  9. We have lights everywhere in our garden, and I love it!

    Love, Amie ❤

    The Curvaceous Vegan

  10. Fantastic tips for your garden here 🙂
    I always try to put food and water out for the birds, we have several feeders on the tree in our garden.
    Fairylights are an excellent touch, I imagine they’d make your garden look quite romantic!
    Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk

  11. Ahh yes to fairy lights in the garden! It always looks so pretty on the darker evenings. So glad Autumn and Winter are on the way! xx

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

  12. Great tips! I also suggest making a point of cleaning up the fire pit if anyone has one, especially if it’s a raised style like ours… the snow alone can put a lot of weight on the pit but more so if you’ve also got frozen logs, etc included!

  13. Fairy lights are a must for the autumn and winter months x

  14. These are some great tips to help get your garden ready for Autumn and Winter. I don’t do much to the garden, but these are great tips to consider x

  15. 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

  16. 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) 😭

  17. Kayleigh Zara says:

    These are some great tips, and I loved seeing an image with some snow on it. It’s definitely getting to be autumn now x

    Kayleigh Zara 🌟 http://www.kayleighzaraa.com

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