October is certainly the most attractive month of the year. With the golden leaves, and the dying hum of summer, it seems as though the world is falling to sleep. Now is the time to wind our gardens down ready for winter, and to make sure that everything is ready for next year’s growing season. Here is the October gardening check list to get you started.
- Clear up fallen leaves – especially from lawn areas where the grass could suffocate.
- Cut back dying down perennials.
- Divide perennials to rejuvenate the plants for next spring and summer.
- Start planting your spring bulbs.
- Move tender plants to cover in anticipation of frost, or cover the delicate plants with cloth, newspaper, or old bed sheets. Don’t use a plastic cover without fabric beneath it, and hold it down with rocks or tent pegs.
- Keep harvesting fruit and vegetables.
- Mow lawns and trim hedges. Now will probably be the last time you’ll need to do this before winter.
- Prepare your soil for next year by digging in compost, manure, and organic matter.
- If you like wildlife in your garden, you might like to build a home for them to live in over winter. Take a look at our blog about homes for hedgehogs.
- Clean out your greenhouse and sheds.
- Clean garden furniture and plant pots.
- Cover furniture and barbecues.
- Store away hoses, sprinklers etc.
- Clear out all outside drains, grates, and channels.
What are your go to tips for October, and for autumn in general? Let us know in the comments below...