Gardening tips for October

Gardening tips for October

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Plenty of times when the weather during the day at least continues to be mild, but the colder night temperatures often make ground conditions damp and soft. It is a great time of year for the stunning autumnal colour displays which begin as the temperatures fall and the blazing orange and red leaf colours replace the summer greens. One also needs to be careful not to cause any potential damage to the lawn surface which will be softer during this period. Predictably October temperatures will begin to fall and the days will become shorter and colder. It is still a busy month to complete many outstanding important gardening tasks including pruning, trimming, cutting back, transplanting, tree staking all important garden maintenance tasks. During this period the garden is also stunningly beautiful as the autumnal look is in full swing and the stunning variety of autumnal leaf colours is an absolute joy to see.

  • Regularly remove fallen leaf from lawn areas and give the lawn a good rake to remove any moss or thatch.
  • As the grass will continue to grow albeit more slowly,  trim all edges for a neater look
  • Prune climbing roses, cut and tidy any herbaceous perennials which have died back
  • As they lose leaf, give deciduous shrubs a light prune to help improve shape
  • Repair any damaged lawn areas and seed new areas
  • Apply autumn/winter lawn feed (specially formulated for use at this time of year)
  • If you’re planning on starting to grow fruit or vegetable in the spring, now is a good time to clear the ground and do initial dig allowing the oncoming colder winter to break down the rough soil into a fine crumbly texture.
  • No need to wait until spring to make changes, autumn is a great time to plant spring bulbs, shrubs or trees. Autumn is a very busy planting period, allowing plants to settle in time for the harsher colder winter weather.

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