October Gardening Tips
Autumn is well and truly here, in the damp vegetation and in the very air itself. Remember, autumn is nature’s time to plant and there’s still plenty of time to do so, as well as other little jobs that could be done this month…
- Plant roses and deciduous trees and shrubs.
- Continue to plant spring flowering bulbs.
- Plant fruit trees and bushes – anything hardy can be planted now.
- Divide perennials that have outgrown their space and have finished flowering.
- Lift and store gladioli and divide clumps of lilies that have become overgrown.
- Prepare the vegetable patch for next year’s planting. Dig over the area to open up the soil so that air and water may penetrate and incorporate garden compost or composted manure.
- Increase the height of your mower blades for the final cuts of the year.
- Scarify by giving the lawn a good rake to remove dead material and encourage the grass to thicken by developing runners and side shoots.
- Apply an autumn lawn feed to promote root development and strengthen the grass to withstand the rigours of winter.