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The jobs you need to do in the garden this autumn.

Autumn is the time it begins to get cooler, gustier and darker – three signs that summer is well and truly over. The football season is in full swing and those barbecue tongs have had their last run out in the hands of the grilling king but we’re not quite ready to give up garden life just yet. To ease you in, here is our expert guide on the tasks to take on in autumn and the tools you need to get them done.

Lay down the law of the lawn

The fun’s over and it’s time to return some order to the garden. Leaves and debris have started to collect meaning a big garden overhaul is what’s needed. Clearing the lawn can be a laborious job but there’s no need to put your back out. A handheld leaf blower is your ideal weapon in tackling those fallen leaves. Some blowers can also pick up the leaves as you go too, converting into garden vacuums.

For larger areas, a backpack blower can make the job even easier. Leaf blowers with cruise control are ideal when clearing larger areas. By simply flicking switch you set the leaf blower to blow at a constant power and remove all the strain that occurs when holding down a trigger for long periods.

Top Tip

If your garden has really taken a beating over summer and you’re dreaming of a Wimbledon-worthy lawn for next year, the start of autumn is an ideal opportunity to lay grass seed. With the temperature still warm and enough moisture in the ground enough to simulate grass growth – and because you won’t be in the garden much, it means that the grass has a chance to establish itself without being disturbed and trodden on.

A bit of seasonal grooming

Just like your beard, your garden could really do with some strategic man-scaping at this time of year. The last cut of the season is an annual ritual best done at the end of October so make sure you’re armed with the most effective tools possible to make get the job done quickly.

The McCulloch Li 40T battery grass trimmer processes Power Boost technology which means motor speed can be increased at a push of a button to get through tougher, thicker patches of grass Not only that, but you can change the bottom half of the grass trimmer and replace it with a variety of other attachments letting you take on other garden task with ease for maximum versatility.

Just like the rest of the lawn, don’t cut your grass shorter than 5cm. At this time of year leave you grass slightly longer than you usually would to help protect it against moss and weeds that may develop over the winter months.

Tackling the perimeter

Hedges may have become hurdles thanks to a combination of rainfall and sunny weather! Show off your pruning skills with a hedge trimmer from McCulloch’s lithium-ion battery-based range. The Power Li-NK Li 40HT laser-cut blade gives a clean finish and the rear handle rotates allowing you to quickly chop and change between the sides and tops of hedges.

For heavy duty jobs including protruding branches, the McCulloch 40V Battery Series extends to a battery chainsaw complete with brushless motor for optimum cutting performance and a high chain speed for efficiency. It’s important not to go rogue without donning the proper gear – we recommend chainsaw protective clothing including boots, trousers, helmet with visor and gloves as a minimum. You can check out a whole host of protective accessories on the McCulloch website.

Time to switch off

Before you’re done, there’s a few last checks which are essential for autumn. Now is your chance to maintain and service all petrol equipment to mean it’s in good working condition when you come to dig it out again. Modern unleaded petrol can go stale if stored for more than three months and could even end up rusting your mower or tools if left, so remove the oil and completely empty the fuel tanks to start afresh next time.

To winter-proof your garden, hunt out and repair any leaks in the shed, see if anything could do with stalking or protection from the wind, fix up that fence, turn off water connections which could freeze – and lastly, lock everything safely and securely away.