would love to tell you to take the month off,
have a rest and enjoy the garden. That isn’t
a good idea and for those of you who don’t
know or think otherwise there really isn’t
a month in the year when you can desert the
hasn’t been a great summer weather wise
but at least the garden was never short of water.
The temperatures stayed up and if you want to
be cheerful, the rain was warm. Plants loved
it. There has been exceptional growth on shrubs
and trees, the grass has been in constant need
of a haircut and the weeds never slowed down.
is a good time to apply a liquid feed of a high
potash fertilizer to shrubs .It will help to
harden up the new growths in preparation for
winter frosts. An autumn weed and feed treatment
for the lawn will keep it healthy and green
through the winter. A final edging of lawns
before they become wet and squelchy will leave
them tidy until spring. Water camellias to prevent
them dropping next year’s flower buds.
Continue to spray against black spot on roses.
Picking off and burning the worst of the foliage
will reduce the spread of the disease. Apply
a mulch of bark or compost to the rose bed.
the herbaceous perennials finish flowering tidy
up the dead foliage. If allowed to remain it
will look a mess and will harbour slugs and
snails. Apply a deep mulch of old, well rotted,
farmyard manure to the raspberries. House plants
that have been outside for the summer should
be brought back inside before the first hint
of a frost. Clean the pot and check that there
are no pests such as snails or vine beetles
hitching a lift indoors.Check tree ties and
loosen them where necessary. Tree trunks have
made a lot of growth and the straps may be cutting
into the bark.
the queue in the garden centre for winter and
spring flowering bulbs. Keep an eye out for
the more unusual species and varieties and give
them a try. If you are not going to plant them
straight away then store them in a cool, dry
cupboard but don’t leave them until they
have started to produce leaves in their bags.As
the crops are harvested tidy up the vegetable
plot removing all the unwanted remains. This
is a good way to reduce the risk of pests and
diseases overwintering while preventing the
garden from looking a mess.