You could be getting more from your garden and we are going to show you how.
This is the Bayleaf Garden Services garden diary which will take you on a journey through the gardening year, month by month, offering tips and all sorts of useful information that will help you get your garden up to scratch, whatever the weather.
- Continue to deadhead faded flowers.
- Prune hardy herbaceous plants.
- Remove fading annuals and plant hardy biannual varieties.
- Plant shrubs later in the month.
- Continue to water during dry spells.
- Scarify established lawns, aerate, and apply Autumn feed The timing of this can vary over the next two months, depending on the weather conditions.
- Hoe borders as fresh weeds appear.
- Cut hedges now that nesting season is over.
- Weed thoroughly at the start of the month to reduce work during the wetter months.
- Remove dead leaves as well as any remaining annuals and summer bedding plants.
- Plant spring flowering bulbs.
- Rake lawns of leaves and use a garden blower to remove leaves from borders. Keep them for leaf mulch or compost.
- Clean out any litter from your pond. Thin out dense patches of water plants and oxygenating plants. Place a net over the water to protect from falling leaves.
- Mow new lawns when they reach 3 inches high. Roll to firm seedlings, prepare any areas for turfing and then fertilise. Lay turf and water regularly to prevent shrinkage.
- Ensure established lawns receive adequate drainage. Aerate, scarify and treat with fertiliser.
- Finish weeding and turning beds and then leave for weathering over the winter. Add compost or well rotted manure as beds become dormant, lightly forking in to surface. The worms will do the rest.
- Plant out any roses and mix in some compost to the surrounding soil.
- Plant fruit trees and bushes, and prune any established trees.
- Regularly rake and remove leaves and fallen debris from beds.
- Remove any old leaves from your pond and thin out oxygenating plants.
- Continue to aerate and apply fertiliser to established lawns. Make a final cut and then service your equipment.