We’re all for giving ourselves an easy ride when it comes to a spot of autumn gardening. Don’t get us wrong, we like nothing better than rolling our sleeves up and getting stuck in, but when it comes to shorter, colder days, and the first frosts? Why make life difficult?!

That’s why we’re looking at the top gardening mistakes you need to avoid this Autumn.

Pruning at the Wrong Time

Don’t prune at the wrong time. In particular, leave your hedges alone and let them hibernate over the winter. Pruning bushes now would only encourage new growth at the wrong time of year – leaving your bushes vulnerable to frost damage over the winter.

Think About a Green Crop

Planting up a green crop in the veg patch over the long winter months can work wonders with your soil. A green crop is a great way to add nutrients that you might be missing after a full-on veg crop has been harvested. It’s also a good way to ensure that neighbourhood cats don’t take the opportunity to use your veg patch as the ultimate litter tray if you’re not planning to grow anything over the winter.

Leaving Rotting Produce

If you leave the last weedy bits of fruit and veg in place over the winter, you’re providing the perfect opportunity for diseases and pests to really get their teeth into your plants and trees. It is a good idea to leave the last bits of your harvest in place for a little while for birds and insects but any longer means your fruit and veg producing plants are vulnerable to nasties that will be very difficult to get rid of.

Giving Weeding a Rest

Don’t make the mistake of giving up your weeding habit over the winter. Now is the easiest time to try to get one step ahead of those pesky weeds because they will be at their weakest. While there is some space in your borders and the weeds are growing weakly, get your sleeves rolled up and start pulling. Damp ground often makes the process easier still.

Divide your perennials

Perennials need to be divided to encourage new growth so don’t forget to give these forgiving and hardworking plants plenty to work with. Of course, the benefit of dividing now is that you get free perennial favourites to disperse elsewhere in your garden come the spring!