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Published: 14/10/2016   Last Updated: 14/10/2016  
Tags: October Gardening

It’s a busy time for gardeners in October, planting spring bulbs for next year, cleaning up leaves, planting, harvesting and cutting back plants, so we thought we would check out the Guardian’s October gardening guide “Mulch to ado about Autumn’.

This is the time of year when you will need to start collecting seed heads and them in envelopes and hanging them up side down ready for replanting next year.

They state to leave the leaves in situ so that they can rot down into the flowerbeds, helping to fertilise the plants. But remove them from lawns.

Divide perennials whilst the soil is still warm, such as hostas, day lilies and so fourth, to do this dig up the root ball and separate, some will come apart easily others will need to be sawn to split them up, either plant them in the ground or in pots and keep watered.

Clean any plastic garden furniture, they suggest using warm water and a few drops of Stardrops all-purpose cleaner, rinse it off using a hose. Then store in a dry place throughout the winter months.

If you have a vegetable patch which will lay dormant throughout the winter cover it with homemade compost, grass cuttings and then top it off with corrugated cardboard, weighed down with rocks so that cats can’t use it as a grit tray throughout winter.

According to Thompson Morgan autumn is an ideal time to plant clematis, if would like to move large plants and shrubs this is a great time of year to do it. Prune climbing roses.

This will probably be the last time you can cut your grass before winter, it’s also a good time to recut your lawns edges, if you need to put some more turf down this is the time to do it. If you are looking at putting your house up for sale during winter it’s really important to make sure that you garden looks neat and presentable during the winter months.

Sources:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/oct/08/gardens-mulch-ado-about-autumn

http://www.thompson-morgan.com/what-to-do-in-the-garden-in-october