whatever the season.
Plant Roses – Avoid planting in areas where roses were previously growing otherwise they may suffer from replant diseases. If pruning cut back all growth by two thirds, always to an outward pointing bud, and cut away any stems growing across the centre of the plant.
You can also plant Daylillies, Hostas and Bleeding Hearts.
Remove weeds from around the bases of young trees, flower beds and kitchen garden. Any time spent digging up perennial weeds now, is time saved later on in spring.
Excerpt from Two Tramps in Mud Time by Robert Frost (1926)
Expect the inevitable April showers this month but sunny days too, when you can turn your attention to the garden. It’s an exciting month, with indoor-sown seeds well into growth; it’s also time to start sowing outdoors. Just watch out for frosts…
It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown
– Lewis Grizzard
“We go in withering July
To ply the hard incessant hoe:
Panting beneath the brazen sky
We sweat and grumble, but we go.”
– Ruth Pitter, The Diehards
Plant spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils, crocus and hyacinths now.
Buy early and plant before the first frosts and come Springtime your garden will be a riot of colour.
Create a new lawn from turf or seed – autumn weather is favourable for good lawn establishment.
Raise the height of your mower blades as grass growth slows down.
Now is a good time to carry out essential lawn maintenance to avoid waterlogging and compaction.
Try aerating your lawn with a garden fork, removing thatch from the surface with a rake and repairing dead patches. Use a specialist lawn scarifier if you have a large area to cover.
“October’s the month
When the smallest breeze
Gives us a shower
Of autumn leaves.
Bonfires and pumpkins,
Leaves sailing down –
October is red
And golden and brown.”