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Summer Evolves Into Autumn

Stuart Mabbutt | Wildlife Gardening Specialist

Summer can quickly evolve into Autumn. Colours alter as seeds and fruit ripen, and leaves march toward shades of red and brown.


Wildlife can be seen preparing for the colder weather to come, and our birds become quieter and no longer territorial.


It’s easy to fall into the trap of starting to tidy up in the garden, if you want wildlife though, you could adopt a more natural approach. Leave seed heads, allowing vegetation to die back naturally, provides food and shelter through the coldest months.


Try leaving wildflowers with more attractive flowers if they are tucked away between shrubs.


Jobs for the month

• Plan new beds and borders
• Leave some rotting windfall apples for the Winter Thrushes and late flying butterflies
• Deadhead summer flowers to keep them going
• Plant more berrying shrubs
• Build some log piles in a sunny spot, not just hidden behind your shed
• Give late-flowering meadows a final cut
• Buy bulbs such as crocus and plant in pots to bloom at the end of winter
• Don't throw away pansies but cut back so they will carry on flowering through winter
• Build a new pond


Happy Gardening