It’s May, which means we are nearing the end of autumn, and we’re only a few days away from winter’s chilly embrace. 

Autumn is usually a pleasant season in terms of mild temperatures and pretty colours. 

If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, it’s time to venture outdoors and don your gardening gloves. 

We have five maintenance projects to keep you busy this weekend and ensure that your autumn garden is in top form.


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1. Check Your Tools

When last did you give your gardening tools a decent wipe? All that dirt and dust builds up over time, which means your garage could probably do with a cleaning, too. 

Give everything a quick rub so it’s ready to use for next time.

2. Neaten Things Up

Trim dead branches and rake any dead leaves that are lying around your autumn garden. 

It can feel like a pointless mission when the leaves are constantly falling from the trees, but doing a little each day will avoid a gunky mess later. Plus, you can use them to create mulch for your beds.

3. Check Your Gutters

A clogged gutter can cause all sorts of problems when the rainy season starts again. Check your gutters for fallen debris, and while you’re there, inspect your roof for any signs of wear and tear.

4. Look Out For Pests

Insects and spiders love to make nests in places that are undisturbed, so be sure to check every crack and crevice, unless you want them settling in for winter. If you’d like to keep the little critters, consider dedicating a section of your autumn garden to an insect hotel where your guests can stay free of charge.

5. Feel For Draughts

Inspect your windows and doors for draughts before the cold weather really sets in. Repair cracked or crumbling window putty as soon as you can to avoid an unpleasant winter.

These five quick jobs will take no time at all and your autumn garden will be ready to flourish in the warmer months.


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