October

Wildlife In The Garden In October

Remove debris from ponds, and float a tennis ball or golf ball on the surface to prevent ice from sealing it. Male frogs often spend winter in the muddy depths of the pond, breathing through their skin.

Leave stacks of plant pots in a sheltered spot to offer shelter for bees and other insects.

Transfer butterflies found inside to the shed or garage. Use an empty shoebox to move them, and make sure it has an available exit (for spring).

Put bundles of twigs at the back of borders or in a plant pot on its side, for invertebrates and small mammals to shelter in.

Top Tip:
Clear out nest boxes if you haven’t already. Birds don’t hibernate and need lots of energy to keep themselves warm at night. Consider moving the clean nest box into the shed.

This Month's Key Tips
  • Mulch borders after tidying with bark chips, well rotted manure or leaf mould. This will keep the plant roots warm and keep weeds in check over the winter.
  • Reuse old grow bags by cutting away the top and sowing late salad crops. Cropping can be extended into winter if grown under glass, cloches, or polytunnels.
  • Remove any citrus trees indoors and put them in a bright, frost-free position away from cold draughts and radiators.
  • Reuse compost from annual containers as mulch in the garden!
  • Clear out nest boxes if you haven't already. Birds don't hibernate and need lots of energy to keep themselves warm at night. Consider moving the clean nest box into the shed.