Gardening tasks for October
Now autumn is well and truly here, there’s plenty to do to prepare your garden for the impending winter and indeed for next year, as there are some things you simply won’t be able to do once the cold and wet does really set in.
Probably the most obvious autumn job is to clear the leaves that will inevitable drop into your garden during this time of year. One trick for clearing leaves off your lawn is to run them over with your lawn mower, thereby shredding them and causing them to rot quicker. This simple technique is by far the easiest way to keep your lawn looking tidy, and should be done about once a week.
For patios, paths, decking and other hard surfaces, it may be worth investing in a leaf blower. This one off purchase will make your life immeasurably easier, and will be well worth the cost. Blow the leaves onto the lawn and run them over when mowing, or alternatively blow them onto some tarpaulin to be collected up and added to your compost heap.
You can even put the leaves in jars on their own, allowing them to form a fine kind of compost known as leaf mould.
Protect Your Plants
Of course there are plenty of hardier plants that will easily withstand the British winter, but it’s a good idea to bring indoors your more tender plants around this time of year. Once the frost comes, they’ll inevitably die if left outside.
Turn Your Compost Heap
All the tidying up will, of course, produce lots of material to be added to the heap, but it’s important to remember that the rate of decomposition will decrease in the colder months ahead. Turn the contents regularly to encourage them to rot down quickly.
By following these simple steps, you can ensure your garden is spruced up and ready to brave the winter!
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