Things to do in October
One or two reminders of things to do in and around the garden in October.
Although the ground is getting colder, it's still a good time to lay some foundations for the spring ahead when you'll be able to see the results of the work that's put in now.
The Rakes Progress
Now that temperatures are dropping and leaves are falling there are plenty of things to keep you occupied as far as maintenance goes. And there should no shortage of material for turning into mulch.
Rake up and store leaves but make sure to give them some air by turning them. The resulting leaf mould makes great mulch which can be used to improve the soil structure. Spread the mulch to help the more tender plants through the winter.
The greenhouse may have collected some debris during the summer so give it a good clear out. This will help to minimise pests and disease that debris can harbour. Now is also a good time to clean the glass to make sure you maximise the lower light levels.
Lawns can be cut one last time as the growing season ends but raise the blades on your mower a notch or two to give the lawn some protection from frost. Repair any bare patches by raking, seeding and covering with compost. Once the lawn is raked to remove thatch, it can be spiked to improve drainage and an autumn feed can be applied.
Nothing trumpets in spring more traditionally than a "host of golden daffodils". Spring bulbs planted now will pay dividends when next spring comes. Old favourites like Daffodils, Snowdrops, Crocus and Hyacinth can go out but leave Tulips until later in November.
Bluebells make a great display and thrive in damp shady areas. Snakes Head Fritillary, a now protected and rarely seen flower has striking purple and white chequerboard petals and is well worth a look if you want to introduce something a little special.
Trees and shrubs can be transplanted now and don't be afraid to prune Roses, it's still ok for a couple of weeks.
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