Posted 11th Oct 2016
It's now autumn, which means it's time to enjoy the abundance of copper and umber hues which nature treats us to. But do you know what the change in season means for your garden? To give you a helping hand, Fiskars has come up with a handy three step guide to ensure that your garden will be ready for that spring growth.
As Summer turns to Autumn, our thoughts turn to tidying. Now is an ideal time to cut back many late summer flowering shrubs to encourage growth and keep them flowering late into the season.
Clippings and leaf fall create plenty of mess for gardeners to clear, so Autumn is the time to turn chaos into compost. Over the winter, cuttings and leaves break down and produce nutrient-rich compost, ready for boosting the garden in the New Year.
While the soil is still warm and moisture levels are increasing, it's a great opportunity to plant new perennials and spring bulbs, such as daffodils and tulips. There is still time for plants to establish themselves before the cold sets in, so if you have any evergreen shrubs or conifers that you want to move or add, now is the time to do it.
Autumn is a great time of year for those that love wielding hedge shears - all that summer growth needs taming in order to keep the garden tidy. Fiskars Hedge Shears cut along the entire length of the blade with their clever technology delivering effortless shearing and shaping.
Tidy perennials by removing dead stems, but don't forget to leave the seed heads for the birds to eat. A pair of Fiskars Pruners make light work of this task. You can also use them to take hardwood cuttings from shrubs and roses.
Deciduous trees, shrubs and climbers need to go into the ground now. Tall and smaller gardeners should pick the right height spade to minimise back strain.
Flowering perennials - plants that spring up year after year from their roots - should be cut back. Remove yellowing or dead leaves or flowers before rot develops and pull out any weeds hidden under the plant foliage.
Remove plant debris and diseased leaves from plants and vegetables. Scarify your lawn by raking out dead grass and moss. For a lovely lawn next spring, start to mow less frequently and raise the height of the grass as growth slows down. Dig up the annuals - plants that last only a season - and put everything on the compost heap.
This is a good time of year to plant dormant roses and these bare rooted plants will just need a little preparation. Soak roots for a couple of hours before planting and dig a hole wide enough to accommodate roots and deep enough that the bud union is at soil level. Backfill with soil, tread firmly but not too hard and don't mulch in the first year.
Fiskars Brand Ambassador James Wong, advises: "Instead of the traditional round hole, try planting in square ones. This may sound like a gimmick, but studies show that this prevents the roots from spiralling around the hole, significantly aiding their establishment. And as spade blades are more or less flat, digging square holes also happens to be easier than perfectly round ones."
A time to rest
Autumn is the perfect time to reflect on what was and was not successful in this year's planting scheme, so that you can adapt your plans for next year. Now is a good time to plant or move shrubs and trees to allow them to anchor down before the Spring growing season. Of course, when you use the right tools, you'll have more time to sit back, relax and plan for the coming seasons.
Top tools for Autumn
1. The Fiskars Universal Garden Scissors feature a serrated lower blade that gives better control when cutting flowers and soft stem plants. RRP £14.99
2. With handles that extend from 675 to 925mm, Fiskars super sharp SmartFit™ telescopic Hedge Shears are just what you need to keep shrubs and hedges in tiptop shape. RRP of £46.49
3. Take the chill out of Autumn pruning with the award-winning Fiskars Quantum™ Pruners. Stylish cork handles insulate the hand and super sharp blades with 3 x more cutting power than traditional pruners. RRP of £57.99
4. If you want daffodils and such to appear in Spring, now is the time to plant bulbs. The ergonomic Fiskars Premium Planters feature rounded edges to minimise soil and root damage. RRP of £12.99
5. Digging doesn't have to be back breaking work but to prevent unnecessary strain you should choose the right size tool for your height. Available in medium and large, the Fiskars Xact range is perfectly suited for Autumn digging. RRP from £34.99
6. With robust and flexible tines that don't clog up or get caught on twigs, the lightweight Fiskars Solid™ Leaf Rake makes easy work of autumn leaf fall. RRP from £15.99
You can view Fiskars' complete gardening range here.
Tutorial and images courtesy of Fiskars