Jobs for the Garden in October

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Autumn is the perfect time to plant and move shrubs and trees. Also, the bare root and root-ball hedging season starts in November so it’s a good time to start planning any hedging projects. Here are some top jobs to be getting on with in the cooler weather:

Top ten jobs this month:

  • Plant shrubs and trees to fill gaps and add structure, planning for year round colour.
  • Keep up with watering of newly planted or newly moved plants, using rainwater if possible.
  • Cut back herbaceous perennials that have died down, leaving those with interesting seed heads and apply a fresh layer of mulch.
  • Divide congested herbaceous perennials and redistribute to fill any gaps.
  • Plant spring flowering bulbs.
  • Autumn is also a good time to lay new turf and re-sow bare patches of lawn.
  • Cover leafy vegetable crops with bird-proof netting.
  • Continue to harvest and tidy the vegetable garden.
  • Clear dead leaves promptly once they start to fall, as rotting leaves can be a source of disease in the garden. Add some to the compost heap or bag up to create valuable leaf mould in time.
  • Start planning any new hedging requirements to make the most of the more cost effective bare root and root-balled plants available from the Big Plant Nursery from November (we are taking orders now!)