Whatever the weather or time of year there is always something to be done in the garden.
Each month we ask our managers to give us their advice on what we should be looking at at this time of year.
The Kitchen Garden
Feed the birds – they are terrific allies in the garden. Hardwood cuttings can now be taken, such as currants, gooseberries and raspberries. As beds become vacant, dig over and incorporate manure or good organic compost such as CARE compost.
If the season is wet, refrain from any activity. If dry and mild, occasional mowings may be required. Late moss treatments may be possible, and it is a good time to patch a lawn with turf. Spiking or hollow tining may be necessary for poorly drained turf followed by a sandy top dressing. Keep falling leaves off the lawn and store them. Now is a perfect time to get the mower serviced ready to be stored over winter.
Prune fruit trees as soon as they lose their leaves to help rejuvenate them. Wrap the trunks of smaller trees with plastic wrap, or wire mesh to protect them from rodents. Water your trees and shrubs until the ground freezes. Wrap plants in hessian or fleece for winter protection. Do not use plastic, plants need to breathe as well.