Autumn is well and truly underway
and the trees still have plenty of leaf which is giving off a blaze of colour. As many of us prepare to don our hats and gloves to celebrate Guy Fawkes please remember to check your bonfires for wildlife before you light them!! Although it has been very mild the garden is preparing itself for winter and borders are lit up with evergreens, coloured stems and berries giving their own wonderful display. The days are drawing in and the weather is cooler but there is still plenty to keep you busy and warm in the garden.
This is a great month for tidying the garden as good hygiene in autumn can prevent many diseases from breaking out next summer!
Check your tools and clean the greenhouse.
Get the lawnmower serviced.
Weed the borders.
Lift fuchsias, begonias and geraniums and bring inside.
Roses and heather can be planted now.
Cut back summer perennials.
Protect tender plants from frosts and don’t forget to move pots undercover.
Dahlias should be lifted and stored not forgetting to label what they are.
Clear ponds of fallen leaves.
Anything bare root can now be planted such as trees, hedging and roses.
Gather fallen leaves and store in bin bags to make leaf mold or put directly onto the compost heap – leaves that have fallen onto borders can be left to compost naturally into the soil unless they are diseased in which case they should be burnt.
Clean out bird boxes and don’t forget to feed the birds.
Last chance to:
Plant tulips & hyacinths.