Gardening: ‘Autumn is nature’s time to plant’

It's time to start the autumn work in the garden. Picture: PA
It's time to start the autumn work in the garden. Picture: PA
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THE Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) will be running its autumn campaign, Plan it, Plant it This Autumn, following on from the success of last year.

The campaign was launched at this year’s HTA National Plant Show with the aim of encouraging gardeners to continue gardening throughout the autumn and tap into the younger consumers’ growing interest in the pastime.

The campaign aims to create awareness that the garden is not dormant during the winter and will encompass a wide range of autumn gardening activities including lawn care, planting, autumn bedding, trees, fruits and wild bird care.

Research commissioned by the HTA revealed that 41 per cent of gardeners mistakenly believe that fruit trees and berries should be planted in spring, whilst 45 per cent believed that spring bulbs should also be planted at this time, when in fact autumn is the key time to do both.

Autumn is also an important time for lawn care, with gardeners looking to prepare their lawns to make it through the difficult winter months and ensure that it is looking its best come the spring.

With the days getting shorter and the nights getting colder, autumn is also the ideal time to start feeding the birds in your garden, if you are not already doing so.

Last year’s campaign was a runaway success, with garden centres across the country taking part.

HTA director general Carol Paris said: “After a shaky start to the year the weather has finally improved and people can get into their gardens.

“However, the season doesn’t stop there – you can still have a beautiful looking garden, full of colour in the autumn months. Autumn is nature’s natural time to plant.”

Garden retailers have already started taking part in the campaign so look out for the Plan it, Plant it posters in garden centres near you.

Many retailers across the country will be holding autumn-themed events giving gardeners the chance to make the most of autumn with free expert advice, promotions and competitions.