In The Flower Garden This October

Lift dahlia tubers, begonia tubers and gladioli corms to store over winter months. Remove any dead foliage before storing them.

Prune rambling and climing roses once they’ve finished flowering, and tie in the stems before autumn winds cause damage.

You can take hardwood cuttings from deciduoud shrubs now.

Lift and divide any overcrowded herbaceous perennials whilst the soil is still warm.

Clear overhanging plants from pathways to maintain access around the garden.

Cut back perennial plants that have died down. Alternatively leave the dead foliage in place to shelter friendly wildlife.

Clear up fallen rose leaves to prevent diseases such as black spot from overwintering. To avoid the spread of damaging fungi, don’t compost the leaves.

Top Tip:

This month is the ideal time to plant hedges, edilble hedging and move trees and shrubs.

This Month's Key Tips
  • Clear up fallen autumn leaves on a regular basis.
  • Cut back perennials that have died down.
  • Harvest fruit trees - apples and pears.
  • Move tender plants into the greenhouse for winter.
  • Renovate old lawns or create new grass areas by laying turf.