October garden tasks

Spring has begun and there is a lot to do to help your garden look its best. Here’s our top tips and gardening tasks.

• Plant summer colour. Annuals that grow quickly and easily from seed are alyssum, cosmos, lavatera, portulaca, California poppy and nasturtium. They all do best in
full sun.

• Trim back invasive groundcovers to give other plants room to grow.

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• Renew containers. Replace the potting soil and fill with summer annuals, trailing
groundcovers or grasses.

• Fertilise perennials with Vigorosa or granular fertiliser 3:1:5 or 5:1:5, and annuals with a liquid fertiliser. Use either pink or blue hydrangea food for hydrangeas.

• Water regularly and spread a layer of mulch over beds to conserve water and keep the roots cool.

• Mow lawns at least once a week, but if it is very hot and dry mow less frequently and set blades higher.

 

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