Autumn Gardening Advice

yellow Autumn leaves‘Autumn….the years last, loveliest smile’ William Cullen Bryant. Autumn is time of year to prepare for winter and to plan for next year. Now is the perfect time to clean and tidy the garden. Plant trees and shrubs and replant pots and window boxes.

September

The trees are still looking quite green in September and the autumn leaves have not begun to fall. The days are still warm so its a great time to get tasks completed in the garden.

  • Plant spring flowering bulbs such as daffodils, snowdrops, bluebells and alliums. Get it out of the way in September.

  • Plant autumn flowering crocus.

  • Divide perennials such as ferns and hosta’s. https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/types/perennials/dividing

  • Harvest the last of your potatoes before the slugs get to them.

  • Plant winter flowering bedding such as pansies, violas and heather into pots and window boxes.

  • Harvest autumn fruiting raspberries.

  • Dead head and cut back leggy perennials from the summer.

  • Order your wallflowers.

October

The days are now damper than in September and the temperatures have started to drop especially at night. Leaves have turned to shades of red and golden yellows, they will begin to fall. Now is the time to start preparing for the winter.

  • Plant out spring cabbage and broad bean seeds.

  • Mow the lawn and cut the hedges for the last time.

  • Lay a new lawn or repair patches with lawn seed.

  • Protect tender plants with fleece or bring into a greenhouse.

  • Plant trees and shrubs – http://thesecretgardencentre.co.uk/autumn-in-the-garden/trees-shrubs/

  • Harvest fruit such as apples and pears.

  • Plant wallflowers.

November

We almost in the winter and this month is all about safe guarding pots and plants from the harsh weather that winter might bring.

  • Raise pots on to pot feet to prevent frost damage.

  • Rake leaves off the lawn to prevent bare patches.

  • Place grease bands on fruit tree to prevent winter moth damage.

  • Plant out tulips for spring flowers.

  • Plant Hyacinth, indoor Daffodils and Hippeastrums (Amaryllis) in the house.

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