With temperatures dropping quickly, you may believe that your landscape gardening work should eventually pause. However, professional gardeners say that there are still multiple chores that need to be resolved during the month of October.
If you are keen on gardening, you recognise the fact that backyard plants are preparing for the winter, but that does not mean activity ceases fully. What it means for you as the person watching over your garden is that there are still some tasks to address. Make sure you do not forget any of these tasks:
In the flower area – in case you have included plants that aren’t resistant to frost, it is a fantastic idea to introduce fleece or bring them somewhere warmer – inside your house or in a greenhouse. Dahlia, Gladiolus and Begonia tubers should be elevated and stored dry over the winter months. Remember to remove old foliage before you do that. It’s time you use your plant holders and plant them with some winter bedding plants (Clematis is a wonderful option). Lay down bark chips, leaf mould or rotted manure mulch material to help roots insulation from the cold.
In the vegetable patch – October is the time to finish harvesting many veggies – peas, beans, pumpkins, squashes and cabbages should all be harvested before the first frost. Cut back peas and beans at ground height after you harvest them. When you are setting up on growing beans the following year, prepare the site by digging a trench and adding kitchen waste. At this time you can plant autumn onion sets and garlic bulbs for the next the summer season. If you’re feeling like testing, you can now do so with a mushroom kit.
In the fruit patch – summer fruiting raspberries should have their fruited canes cut back, as that will leave new green canes for next year’s harvest. All citrus trees should be brought inside, ideally away from any cold draught area and radiators. Keep in mind that autumn is the ideal time to introduce new fruit trees. In case you see diseased fruits on the branches or the ground beneath trees, ensure you remove them so that they do not contribute to any infestation.
In the greenhouse – it’s a good idea to give your greenhouse a thorough clean around that time. The objective is to ensure more light in and reduce the odds of pests and diseases. Make sure you remove shading, as greenhouse plants need as much light as possible. All things considered, the greenhouse will shelter more vulnerable plants, and they require sufficient light.
Lawn care – autumn is the season of fallen leaves, so be sure you are ready to process this job. Trim one last time before winterising your lawn. Do not hold up any final lawn care tasks, as there’s a possibility of compacting and waterlogging otherwise. Lay down new turf so that autumn rains can settle it successfully.
Be certain you address all of these landscape gardening tasks in an appropriate fashion so that you can be sure your efforts will succeed.
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