Posted: Friday, 7 October 2016 @ 12:25
It’s a crucial time of year when seasons are changing – which means your gardening routine should follow suit. Summer might be over, but autumn harbours fabulous conditions for planting, and the changing colours in the garden are simply beautiful to behold. If you’re an avid gardener, then follow our top green fingered tips for this month to help you keep your green spaces looking fabulous all year round.
October brings the best conditions for planting, offering warm, moist soil and usually mild temperatures. Now is the perfect time to plant your shrubs, bushes, perennials, trees and bulbs in containers. You can also plan your spring displays – plant bulbs in your borders for a timely bloom.
Don’t abandon your watering schedule just yet – we may have an Indian summer, it’s becoming more common! Most of your garden will only need topping up every now and again, but check on pots and containers every couple of days. Don’t let these dry out, if you see any wilting leaves it could be too late.
One of the most important jobs during the autumn is raking those pesky fallen leaves. They look nice when they are crispy and freshly fallen, but leave them to rot on your lawn and you’ll be sorry! Fallen leaves are great ingredients for compost, and in fact when left to decompose make a rich leaf mould – a great top dressing for plants. If this sounds like too much work or you don’t have the space for your own compost heap, simply dispose of the soggy, rotting leaves every few days.
Now is the time to protect your tender plants from the winter frost. Bring potted plants inside before the end of October, and place them in your conservatory so they still benefit from as much light as possible. If you want to protect plants which are in the ground, you’ll have to build a make-shift shelter.
October calls for a good clean up of the garden. Ponds and water butts need clearing out, and you may wish to dispose of any old pots. Cover up garden furniture, or bring it inside for the winter along with fragile decorations.
If you have fruit trees or a vegetable patch, the autumn harvest is terribly exciting. Collect your apples and pumpkins for the celebrations ahead!
Have you got any more essential gardening advice for the month of October? Let us know!