With the arrival of autumn comes new jobs to do in the garden. Here are just a few gardening jobs for October.
Believe it or not, you can still plant veggies to grow over the autumn and winter period. So, if you haven’t already, make sure you’ve dug up any spring vegetable plants that have stopped growing and pick your sweetcorn, squashes and pumpkins if they’re ready. Dig the soil over and rake before planting broad beans, peas, kale, autumn garlic, winter lettuce, broccoli, onions and cabbage. I would recommend planting seedlings of these if you can as it will give them a head start before winter arrives.
Mend the lawn
While it’s still mild, now is the time to fix any problems with your lawn. Dig up any weeds, remove fallen leaves and scarify the lawn. Scarifying, or raking the lawn, will take out the moss and dead grass. It is best to do this job in early autumn before it gets too cold. Remember to go gently when you do this so that you don’t damage the healthy grass roots. If you’ve experienced any lawn damage caused by pests or fungal, now is the best time to fix it and if you’re planning on laying new turf, do it now before the winter arrives.
Re-designing the gardening
If you’re looking to move plants or re-design the garden, now is the time to dig up and re-locate trees and plants. If you’re not keen on a specific plant, October is a good time to finally pull that plant out. Hedges can also be planted now and any climbing plants, such as roses or even fruit plants that have taken over, can be trimmed right back.
Preparing for winter
If you have any tender plants put these in your greenhouse. Make sure they’re not bunched up together as this encourages pests and if you see any pests, remove them, otherwise they will spread in your greenhouse. For young plants outside protect these with a cold frame if you can. If you haven’t already got bird feeders, October is a good time to get plenty of them in place and stocked up with food and water to help the birds over the coming winter.
There are so many flowers you can plant now, so that they’re ready to bloom in early spring. Some of these could include alliums, primulas, pansies, daffodils, tulips, and clematis or any perennials or biennials. If any climbing flowers, such as roses, have taken over the garden, you can cut them right back now too.