Top 10 gardening chores for October

What to focus on, as your gardening chores for October:


Autumn leaves1. As leaf fall increases, make sure you clear the leaves on a regular basis. Use the leaves to create your own leaf mould as a soil conditioner, as long as they are not diseased.

2. This month is ideal for moving or planting any plants as the soil temperature is cooler ensuring less stress to the plants. It also gives them enough time to settle in before the onset of the colder weather.

3. Start planting your Winter bedding as well as bare-root wallflowers for a fantastic colourful display in Spring.

4. Continue to divide clumps of perennials for re-planting or donating to friends and family.

5. Plant Spring flowering bulbs such as Daffodils, Tulips and Alliums.Witchhazel leaf

6. Now is a good time to improve your soil by adding organic matter such as leaf mould or well rotted manure, before the soil becomes too wet or frozen.

7. Feed your lawn with an Autumn feed which is high in Potassium and low in Nitrogen. They also contain a moss killer which helps control moss build up during the wet Winter months.

8. Make sure you keep an eye on the weather for frosts and protect the half-hardy plants with a protective layer or two of fleece.

9. Net your ponds to ensure the water is kept free of leaves and debris.

10. Conserve water this Autumn/Winter by placing water butts at the base of your downpipes. Ericaceous plants such as Camellia, Azalea and Rhododendron benefit from being watered with rainwater.

Happy gardening!

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