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 Autumn In The Garden

As we say goodbye to Summer we also open the door to a new season. Autumn is a fantastic season in nature including your garden. The shorter, cooler days provide plants with a welcome rest from the hot and dry season of summer. Trees and deciduous shrubs provide us with their stunning display of autumnal colours and berries. We can enjoy the harvests from our vegetable patches and have time to contemplate our gardening successes and failures of the past growing season. Autumn also presents many opportunities and jobs to be undertaken in the garden.

Tullyvin Garden Centre hope to inspire and help you gain the most from your garden. We have compiled a few tips for Autumn gardening to guide you through this season.

Bulb Planting Season

One of the major jobs in Autumn is planting Spring Flowering Bulbs. Daffodils, Tulips, Snowdrops, Bluebells, Crocus and Allium bulbs can be planted from September to December to provide us with fabulous Spring colour. 

  • When planting bulbs plant approx twice the depth of the bulb pointed side up
  • Naturalise Daffodils, Snowdrops, and Crocus in lawn areas
  • Plant Tulips in pots or beds for great Spring Colour
  • Plant in groups for maximum colour impact
  • Try layer planting bulbs in pots for a succession of colour
  • Browse our range HERE

​Autumn Lawncare

  • Autumn is a great time to address moss in your lawn. This will lessen issues come Spring. Use Lawn Zero to solve this problem. This is a liquid treatment that is fast acting and has proven to be one of the best products available on the market.
  • Rake or scarify your lawn to remove the build-up of thatch which can harbour fungal disease and increase the likelihood of moss and weed growth.
  • Improve drainage and aerate the lawn by forking or hiring a spiker. This will result in healthier growth and stronger roots leading to a better sward.
  • Re-sow bare patches of the lawn now. Use Green Velvet Lawn Seed.
  • Fertilise your lawn with an Autumn Lawn Fertiliser to help your strengthen your lawn against harsh Winter conditions

​Look After The Wild Birds

As the colder weather starts to set in and natural food sources become scarce it is important as gardeners that we help to feed and provide shelter for our feathered friends. By encouraging birds to our gardens we are also helping our garden. Birds are fantastic natural pest controllers and will help control plant pests such as slugs, snails, caterpillars and insects. Attracting birds also allows us to observe and enjoy our local wildlife up close.

  • Feed the wild birds with peanuts, seed, and suet treats. Browse our range HERE 
  • Use the correct Bird Feeders depending on which feed you are providing
  • Provide shelter and Nesting Boxes 

The Veg Garden

Autumn doesn't have to mean that everything stops!

  • We can still produce many crops at this time of year especially if you have a tunnel or glasshouse 
  • Plant Winter hardy veg such as Spring OnionOnion, Radish, Spinach, Cabbage, Lettuce
  • Mulch veg beds with Farmyard Manure when not in production and allow to sit over the winter to keep down weeds and add nutrients for Spring
  • Sow Green Manure to improve the fertility and structure of your soil in preparation for spring planting

Tree And Shrub Planting

Autumn is a great time to plant Trees and Shrubs. The soil is still warm, moist and easy to work in Autumn. Take advantage of this by planting at this time of year. The heat of the soil will encourage rapid root development without the need for major watering unlike Spring and Summer. 

  • When creating new beds and borders use a selection of plants that will give year-round interest and colour.