Jobs in the garden for October. Suppled by Perfect Plants Ltd: 

This is actually one of the busiest months of the year outside. Why?

  • Firstly, if you glance skywards you will notice many beautiful, swirling cornflakes wafting from the trees in shades of red, orange and yellow. They look and feel wonderful… to start with. Then they become slimy underfoot and most people spend a lot of time with a broom (or vacuum) during this changeable month. Leave some on the flowerbeds though – they keep the soil warm and provide hidey holes for bugs.

  • Cut back perennials that have given you their best over the summer. Lift and divide those that you want to replant in different spots. Always leave some with seedheads for birds and small mammals during the winter though.

  • Lift tubers such as Dahlias. Remove foliage; dry them thoroughly and store them in a frost-free environment over winter.

  • Get planting! Pop in some spring flowering bulbs such as Narcissi, Daffodils, Alliums, Crocuses and Tulips. You can look forward to a bright future.

  • Plant bare-root trees, shrubs and roses. It’s an inexpensive way to buy new plants.

  • Plant hardy perennials – Clematis do particularly well at this time of year.

  • Plant Wallflowers and other spring bedding such as Primulas and Pansies/Violas.

  • Cover any tender plants with horticultural fleece and move others into a greenhouse or conservatory.

  • Raise your mower cutter to a higher setting and prepare for your final cut of the year! You can tidy lawn edges; repair holes in the lawns and even make new lawns this month.

  • Ensure your garden pond is netted in order to keep most of the leaves out.

  • Give evergreen hedges a final trim and they will stay looking neat and tidy all winter.

  • Continue to harvest fruit such as apples and pears. Also vegetables including peas and beans.

  • Plant out spring cabbages.

  • Plant garlic and onions sets now.

  • Celebrate Halloween! Its origins mark the transition through to the darker months of the year. But let’s not dwell on dark thoughts, it’s a great opportunity to light up your life with a wonderful lantern.

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