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JOBS FOR

OCTOBER

JOBS FOR

OCTOBER

There is no denying that October can be a truly stunning month. The beautiful autumn colours are everywhere and this also means plenty of cutting back and preparing for the frosty days to come. If you are growing fruit or veg then there are still bountiful crops to harvest, including apples and pears, ready to store away for the long winter months ahead.  

Here are just a few of the jobs to think about in October:

• Start to move more tender plants either inside or into the newly cleaned and disinfected greenhouses. Think about checking out existing heaters for signs wear and tear. Or look to invest in new heaters that incorporate a thermostat function for extra temperature control.

• Half-hardy plants should be protected with frost fleece or bubble insulation. Specimen plants, such as tree ferns, may also need some straw packing into the crown before wrapping to help protect this very tender part of the plant.

• As the beans and pea crops finish cut them off at the base and compost the plant. Remember to leave the roots in the soil as these are a valuable source of nitrogen which is released as the roots start to break down.

• Get spring bulbs planted now to give a burst of colour early next season. Make things easy on yourself and use a bulb basket to allow you to lift them after they have flowered and died back. Remember if you are planting tulips that they should be done next month.

• After you have tidied your borders complete the job with an extra layer of leaf mould, bark chips or mulch to help stop the weeds. This also helps give an extra layer of insulation for plant roots.

• Use organic friendly glue band traps around fruit tree trunks to stop the common winter moths laying their eggs. This will help stop their caterpillars which can eat the young leaves and fruit next year.

• Cooler days are the ideal time to get your lawn ready for winter with an autumn feed with the ideal NPK to toughen up the grass against harsh weather and increase disease resistance.

• To avoid waterlogging and compaction over winter aerate your lawn with a garden fork.

• As food for the wildlife in the garden starts to become more scarce why not make a bird feeder or use a good quality feed to top up existing feeders.

• Keep an eye on the weather and make sure that any pumpkins and squash are harvested before the first frosts to avoid losing your crop.

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