Gardening Hints & Tips for October
As the last rays of Summer fade away, leaves now begin to change colour as we settle into the cold days of Autumn. This is a crucial season to tend to your garden and to prepare it for Britain’s harsh, cold winter. Keep reading to discover our hints and tips on how to keep your garden safe, vibrant and healthy.
At the start of the month:
This is the perfect time to start protecting your garden from the cold. The days have begun to get chillier, but no frost or snow has arrived yet. Tender plants are more vulnerable during this period as they cannot handle the weather. To protect them, ensure they are placed in sheltered areas, such as near fences or large hedges. In addition, ensure they don’t face lower or eastern areas, as this attracts the most of the cold air.
When it comes to trimming, it would be better to actually leave them unpruned. This is because the plant will be able to protect its central crown from frost or ice. If you really need to clip your plants, however, it might be worth sticking to sturdier plants during this period. This is because they can handle harsher conditions as well protect any tender plants you choose to keep.
Here in Britain, it’s difficult to rely on the weather forecast being accurate, so don’t despair if snow unexpectedly arrives before you planned to finish prepping your garden. Because surprisingly, snow can actually protect your plants. A layer of fresh snow covers your garden and doesn’t allow any further cold air in, keeping the underlayer warm. The issue happens once the snow starts melting, especially if this starts happening at an alarming rate. Defrosting causes your plants’ growth to be damaged, so the best thing to do in this scenario would be to place a thick, black plastic blanket over your garden to stop any further fast melting.
Another way to deal with unexpected weather is by providing your plants with balanced fertilisers. This will aid in their growth and restore any damage.
And finally, check how your tender plants are coping. They may be alright if you were able to prep them in time. If not, don’t worry. Just make certain you transport them into your greenhouse to help them recover. Tender plants can often bounce back from damage once they’re in a protected area.
End of October:
If you live in a densely populated area in the UK, you might encounter early celebrations of Guy Fawkes Night around the last week of October. Generally, you won’t have to worry about local fireworks affecting your garden, but note that fireworks can cause momentary air pollution. If you so wish, you can bring your plants into your greenhouse to protect them until the festivities are over.
October is the last part of Autumn before the bitter Winter arrives, so it’s vital to prep and care for your garden now. For more tips and tricks, make sure to check out other articles at the Garden Club London.