1. Tidy time
Slip on your garden gloves, pick up a rake, and take to the lawn to collect fallen leaves. While you have your gloves on, pull out last season’s flowers and vegies. Pile the lot into a large bucket or barrow, then put as much organic matter as you can in the compost bin. Assign the rest to the green waste bin for council collection.
2. Make it safe
We all know that mossy, slippery pathways are a hazard for anyone who walks along them. So, power wash all outdoor walkways with a high-pressure hose to keep them safe. Alternatively, a hard-bristled brush and a regular garden hose should shift the lot.
3. Webs begone!
After the spiders have done their thing in your garden and around your home, particularly after summer, remove the mass of abandoned spider webs left behind. Gloves and a hand broom are all you need for this task, or a spider web brush or long broom for hard to reach places around the exterior of your home.
4. Tool time
The cooler months are the time to tend to garden hand tools. Clean them up, apply suitable lubricant to blades and moving parts and store the lot in a protected spot – ready for regular use when the weather warms. While you’re at it, tidy up the garden shed and consider booking in the trusty lawnmower for a service.
5. Colour up
Spectacular colour in the garden is always appreciated, so take the time to pot up a colourful display – perhaps create a welcoming scene with pots by the front door. You can also plant vegie or flower seedlings for the season to come – the gift that keeps on giving!