Autumn is here…get ready for spring!

In a month that sees the anniversary of more battles than we can shake a spade at, the annual fight against the winter weather begins in earnest.

From the Battle of Hastings to the Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava, via Agincourt and Trafalgar, October it seems is a month for girding the loins – whether it is against opposing foe or the onset of invading rains, dropping leaves or early frosts.

October, so named as it was the eight month of the old Roman calendar (octo meaning eight), is the time to prepare your garden for winter. It’s time for the last cut of the lawn for the year, to collect the leaves and do a final tidy of the borders.  Secateurs to the ready, cut the perennials and the hedges right back to prepare for new and stronger growth in the spring.  It is also time to blanket the more fragile plants, like banana trees. Alternatively, if it all feels too much like hard graft, get someone else to do it for you…and funnily enough we know a man who can!

And despite it feeling like a time to curl up with Hilary Mantel (or E.L. James if you’re feeling a bit friskier…) and a mug of hot chocolate, now is the time to take some positive decisions and plan changes for the future.

Now is the time to begin the process of redesigning your garden so that it is ready to use from the moment the warm light of spring touches. If you start having the conversation now, listening to and building on ideas, searching out images and designs you like – even building Pinterest boards – then things can being to crystallise by Christmas.  You need to let ideas land and play with them for a while – don’t rush a big investment in the way you live your life.  You can then begin to actually have the work done in January or February.

Often, clients come to us in April or May when the weather really starts to warm up.  There’s nothing wrong in that, but it can mean that they have pretty much missed being able to get the most out of their new and wonderful garden that summer. 

So start thinking now about how you want to use your garden and what elements you would like to see in it.  Start savouring the first glass of wine in your new garden…after all we think the Saxons had got October about right… those wise ancient souls called October Wyn Monath because it was the season of wine making. Cheers!

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