Garden Tips for  LATE SUMMER / AUTUMN.

  • IN THE GARDEN: Remove all dead, lower leaves from herbaceous plants & make a pile or compost, this dead foliage is a wonderful host for pests & diseases! 
  • Wrap up tree-ferns & banana trees with horticulture fleece & top layer of hessian.
  • If some herbaceous plants are looking very straggly & untidy you can cut back to approx. 300mm above ground level to tidy but great food source for wildlife if seed heads are left.
  • Cut deciduous grasses back to approx. 20mm / 8" height if looking particularly scruffy. Remove any damaged stems from shrubs.
  • Leaves can be left as an overwinter mulch or swept up & composted in a black bag or lidded container.
  • ROSES :Treat for blackspot - plant & surrounding soil, those pesky spores like to live in the soil overwinter & then re-infect the plant in spring!
  • SOIL : If you have heavy soil. ‘open up’ with a fork and add equal quantities of sharp’alpine grit and soil conditioner. to improve  drainage.
  • CONTAINERS: Remove top 2-3" of compost, complete with weeds, algae & moss  & top up with fresh compost.
  • VEG. GARDEN: Turn over soil & remove weeds. Cover beds with membrane, heavy black plastic or cloches to warm soil ready for seed sowing. Garlic & shallots can be planted.
  • LAWNS : Rake moss out of lawns, spike to aerate.
  • GREENHOUSE:  Clear away & compost old tomato/cucumber plants. After a tidy up of dead leaves & spent flower heads Annual geraniums & tender Fuchsias can be repotted & kept for next year.