Tips for October 19

September 28, 2019 8:12 am Published by

Apply Autumn lawn feed as soon as possible.

Apply barrier glue or grease bands to apple and pear trees to prevent wingless winter moth females crawling into trees to lay eggs.

Plant out spring cabbage 6″ apart, net plants against pigeons.

Allow some ivy to mature and flower. It is a great late season source of nectar and berries.

Cut down stems of Asparagus and Jerusalem Artichoke to just above ground level as their foliage yellows.

Prune tall growing shrubs that are hard pruned in spring, such as Lavatera and Buddleia by half to reduce wind rock.

Plant garlic cloves 6″ apart with tips facing upwards 1″ below the soil surface in free draining soil. Leave 12″ between rows.

You can plant hardy spring bedding plants such as Wallflowers, Polyanthus, Pansies, Violas, and Forget-me nots now into prepared beds or pots.

For early flowers, sow Sweetpeas indoors this month or next. Sow seeds in root trainers or 3″ pots and keep young plants in a cold frame or unheated greenhouse over winter to prevent leggy growth.

Prune back hybrid tea and floribunda roses by a third after flowering to reduce wind rock.