At last we can tend to our Autumn Gardens ! After a long dry spell during the summer months the recent rain has finally softened the earth. This means the soil is easy to work with at the moment and at this time of year we need to think about tidying up our beds and borders, splitting plants and planting new plants and shrubs ready for next year.
In addition to new planting and splitting any overgrown perennials, especially those that are stampeding over smaller and less bold plants, you need to think about helping to increase your soil’s fertility by adding plenty of fertilizer, manure or a soil conditioner.
The Right Fertiliser
However, at this time of year it is very important to use the right fertilizers for our Autumn gardens. Treated farmyard manure is a great bulk soil conditioner, which is good for getting the microorganisms in your soil working. A course grade of bonemeal will slowly break down over the winter months and release nutrients to promote strong root growth. A seaweed based fertilizer is another good autumn and early winter slow release feed as it also has the added benefit of helping to reduce the effects of frost.