After one of the hottest summers on UK records, our gardens have suffered from the long heatwave going into autumn. Though the rain in August was a welcome break from the heat, the grass is still recovering. Treat your turf to some lawn feed, and see the grass come back to life.
While you spread lawn feed over your turf, it’ll be good to neaten up the borders. Cut back dying leaves, dig out weeds and trim the edges of your turf. It keeps the plants in good condition, and keeps your hard landscape looking great throughout the autumn months.
As is the tradition in autumn, those leaves start to fall, and we are encased within a crispy, crunchy underfoot paradise. But what to do with the leaves that fall in your garden? Don’t throw them away; simply gather them up and place them under shrubs, hedges or trees. Not only will it stand out your paving, it will provide a safe shelter for wildlife such as hedgehogs, frogs and countless insects. It also gives the chance for blackbirds to rummage around to look for worms in them.
The simplest maintenance is brushing. Regular sweeping will remove detritus before it has a chance to accumulate and stain or damage the paving. Autumn leaves may look stunning on the trees, but when they fall and land on the paving, they may stain if allowed to lie there over the winter. This is even more important for berries, hips, drupes and other fruits. Remove these as soon as they are spotted.
Thanks to its great hardness and weather-resistance, porcelain paving tiles can be cleaned with almost any detergent. However, we recommend simply using a mild detergent and a water jet. For greater convenience and to avoid potential limescale deposits forming, we recommend facilitating drainage with a rubber brush.