Besides general tidying other essential things to do is to harvest what is left in the garden and store away, usually, nice and dry in the garden shed or cabin. The garden buildings does needs to be checked over as well to ensure that the winter won’t hasten its demise and this is simple enough task just by checking over and re-treating as required. Check the roofing felt and the shed windows as well and repair if required.
When treating always aim to use a quality spirit or oil based treatment for the best results. There are water based garden treatments available but in my experience, after 42 years in the garden shed business, are not so good. Besides checking and treating your garden cabin take a look at any garden or patio furniture to ensure it has the required protection. With wooden furniture use again a good quality oil based treatment as this tends to soak into the wood and adds suppleness to the wood which can only be good.
Besides the above it’s always a good idea to have a really good clear up, in fact, I think a pre-winter clean, in my view is better that a spring clean. By doing so you are disposing of garden items which will play no part in the future in your garden. This includes clearing out old plant pots from old flowers and shrubs. All the waste can go onto the compost heap so it can break down into usable compost for the new season.
All of this can be done from the protection of your garden log cabin if you have one. And if you have storage space in it or not thinking of using your cabin through the winter you can store garden furniture etc in there keeping them dry and secure from the weather.
Garden ornaments should also be collected up and stored away to protect them from the ravishes of the Winter. Likewise be careful with concrete ornaments, certainly, if they have any cracks in them as they could break if water gets in and freezes. Just try to ensure they are dry and shaded before the worse of the weather arrives.
By doing this now you will be thanking yourself come the Spring when you will be able to start the new season in fine style. Don’t make the mistake of leaving it and then regretting if then. Just imagine your self as a boy scout – you don’t have to dress for the part – and ‘Be Prepared’.