October Gardening Advice 2020
Autumn is well and truly upon us and our gardens are beginning to be painted with new colours and vibrance. Brush off that winter wardrobe and start to prepare yourself and your garden for the upcoming colder months. Here’s our list of gardening jobs that will keep you on top of your garden and welcome winter with open arms. Its also Halloween soon, a fabulous excuse to fill our gardens with spooky decorations.
Planting & Pruning
Root ball hedging becomes available this month and there’s still time to pre-order bare roots, ready to plant next month – both of these root types are a great cost-effective option if you’ve got a big planting project in mind. Now is the time to cut back any perennials that have started to die down.
If the weather is fairly mild this month, you can still trim your deciduous hedges to make sure they look neat and tidy over winter. If you start to notice suckers at the base of ornamental trees, remove these now, tearing away the shoot rather than cutting them.
Autumn soil is warm and moist providing the ideal conditions for planting, so get your container grown shrubs in the ground now. With any newly planted hedges such as Beech, Hornbeam and Privet, if you start to notice any weak specimens, cut these back to about 20cm to encourage the hedge to fill out around the base with strong, new growth. If you want to introduce some colour into your garden that will last throughout the winter, plant a Skimmia Japonica shrub now. The polished foliage and glowing red and pink buds will add interest right through until spring when white flowers will appear.
Think about planting spring bulbs now for a colourful display next year. If you plant in clumps and repeat bulbs of the same species throughout the border, you should be rewarded with an impressive spectacle come spring.
All kinds of wildlife are preoccupied with preparing for the cold weather, so why not give them a helping hand. Clean Bird Boxes, fill up your feeders and keep bird baths topped up with water.
Check for bird nests before trimming your hedge and plant our RSPB approved bird friendly hedging bundles
Rake leaves and fallen debris but leave a patch for insects to gather for birds to feed on and to gather nesting essentials.
Leave kitten biscuits (where meat is listed as the main ingredient, not cereal) out for hedgehogs. Leave these at a hedgehog friendly feeding station so cats don’t get to them first. Simply upturn a plastic box and cut a tunnel entrance on the side.