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This Months Garden Diary

Cold nights and short darker days show we are heading for winter now.  But there are still things to be done in the garden to prepare for next year and to keep it attractive. Clearing fallen leaves, getting rid of weeds and cleaning the patio will pay dividends next spring. Your garden should still provide some colour and interest and the opportunity for some well needed exercise.

Beds and Borders . . .

It’s now the time to tidy up your borders, move any shrubs that are in the wrong position and split large clumps of perennials that you want to multiply. Start by using sharp secateurs to cut back stems that are blown wayward by autumn winds, leaving some upright stems that carry seed heads for birds and beneficial insects. Some hardy perennials can loose their vigour and flowering suffers when the clump gets too big. To renovate your plant dig it up and split into smaller section using two forks to lever the sections apart. Replant the younger outer portions in soil that has been improved with some organic matter.

As you are working around the garden pick up any dead leaves and debris to remove hiding places for slugs and snails. Sprinkle Slug Pellets around the plants you want to protect in beds and borders and along the edges of the lawn where these pests tend to hide.

Patio Tubs & Baskets…

There doesn’t have to be an empty gap between plants and the resurgence of spring bulbs. Planting up tubs and window boxes with winter pansies, variegated ivy and purple flowering heather will provide colour and interest throughout the winter. A layer of shingle at the base of the pot will ensure good drainage essential for root growth.

Few plants that we grow in pots and tubs on the patio are native to this country and many are susceptible to hard frost. If the compost and roots in these containers freezes solid for some time there is a good chance that they will never recover. To protect the plant roots of susceptible plants such as camellias, acacia and bananas wrap the pot in several layers of newspaper tying the paper loosely with string. Now slip the pot into a thick plastic bag to keep off wind and rain.

If your patio surfaces have developed patches of black mould and algae that have turned slabs dull and dirty, you need the cleaning power of Patio Magic! It will give a thorough kill of algae, moss and lichens without the need for scrubbing or high pressure washers. If it all sounds to complicated give Greener Gardens a call.


Left on the lawn for weeks, fallen leaves encourage diseases and can lead to bare patches where grass is fighting for light and air. That’s why it’s best to remove them at weekly intervals so problems do not build up.

Don’t neglect cutting the lawn through autumn. The grass benefits from a cut and  keeps it looking cherished. At this time of the year most lawns benefit from a cut at 3cm or for fine-leaved lawns down to 2-2.5cm.  It’s always good to pay attention to trimming  edges to give a crisp sharpness.

If you have energy to spare, rake out the thatch that gathers on the soil surface and spike lawns that are growing on heavy clay soils. This will improve the amount of air getting to the grass roots and improve root activity. If all that sounds too strenuous give Greener Gardens a call we would be delighted to help out.

Reshaping of the lawn is appropriate at this time of year after you have pruned back shrubs and trees that form the main skeleton of the garden. For straight edges tighten string between two stakes and for attractive curves arrange a hose pipe as appropriate. A special half-moon lawn cutter will help to provide clean edges rather than the raggedy results often achieved if you use a spade.

Finally, It’s not too late to dress the lawn with an autumn lawn feed and moss control to help it through the winter. The feed will get to work feeding the roots and encourage a thicker, greener finish that will last until next spring.

Grow your Own…

Get digging any bare areas of soil while the soil is manageable and won’t break your back. Before you dig one spadeful, spread a layer of organic matter onto the soil surface. You can use well-rotted garden compost, spent compost from summer pots, hanging baskets and growing bags or bags of Farmyard Manure purchased from your local garden centre. The more you can dig in the better.

If you would like help with any lawn or hard surface projects, don’t hesitate to call Greener Gardens on 0115 837 8439. We would be delighted to provide a no obligation quotation.


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