Autumn is well and truly in the air and it's one of my favourite times of the year. As well as keeping on top of garden maintenance, this month is a great opportunity to prepare for next season. Here are my top jobs for this month…
Sort out dips in the lawn
Sprinkle half an inch of John Innes compost on to the dips and let the grass grow through. Add more compost at regular intervals through the autumn and winter until the lawn is level.
Last chance to bed spring-flowering plants
It’s your last chance to plant spring flowering bedding plants like pansies and primroses in pots or borders. Plant now to give them time to establish a good root system before the weather turns nippy.
Pick and use or store apples and pears before the weather worsens. Windfalls aren’t worth keeping as they’ll go rotten.
Spruce up your greenhouse
Remove shading from greenhouses and clean the glass to let in as much light as possible over winter. This will help your plants cope better during the cooler months.
Protect against wind rock
Tall growing butterfly bush (buddleia) and mallow (lavatera) should be cut back by half to prevent them from being damaged by wind rock in winter.
In mild weather the lawn still needs an occasional trim. Set the blades to cut high, around 4cm (1.5"), and brush off worm casts before mowing
Deal with slugs
The cooler weather hasn’t stopped those slugs and snails – they’re especially fond of newly planted spring bedding. Stop them in their tracks by sprinkling grit around the plants or use slug pellets, sparingly, one pellet every 15cm (6") will do the trick.