Other Jobs Around The Garden This October

Reuse spent compost from annual container dispalys as a mulch on the garden.

Create compost bins for collecting fallen leaves and dead plant material.

Clean out water butts and let the autumn rains refill them. Install a new water butt ready for next year.

Net ponds to prevent leaves falling into them. If you need to clear pond weed, lay it next to the pond for a day to allow wildlife to escape back to the water.

Use the last of the dry weather to paint shed and fence with preservatives before the winter arrives.

Raise pots off the ground for the winter with bricks or ‘pot feet’, to prevent waterlogging.

Sweep up any fallen leaves that harbour fugal spores and provide ideal hiding places for slugs and snails. Use them to make leaf mould for the garden.

Build a cold frame to protect young plants from extreme winter weather.

Top Tip:

Invest in bird baths and bird feeders this autumn. Birds are a gardener’s friends and keep pests down.

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 creat new grass areas by laying turf.