Gardening tips for October

With a mix of sun and lots of showers over the last month things are still very busy in the garden.

Garden maintenance:

  • Grass continues to grow so mowing when the weather allows.
  • Leaves are starting to come down now so regular clearing of these from lawns and hard landscape.
  • Cutting back of herbaceous plants that are looking messy and don’t provide winter interest.
  • Lifting and splitting of herbaceous plants that are overcrowded.
  • Cut back roses and shrubs  such as Buddleja by half now to prevent wind damage.
  • Now is a great time for planting new shrubs and trees.
  • Last chance to plant bulbs ready for the spring.
  • For a healthy lawn carry out autumn lawn treatments like moss kill, scarify and aeration.
  • Last chance to reseed lawns if it’s mild enough.

Fruit and veg growing:

  • Clear away old and spent plants.
  • Dig over and apply fresh compost to your beds.
  • Plant crops like winter lettuces, autumn onions, spring cabbages.
  • Harvest any remaining apples and pears.
  • Plant new fruit trees and bushes.
  • Split old overcrowded rhubarb crowns and replant.