Posted by: braddenvillage | October 26, 2010

Autumn Garden – By James

The garden in Autumn…

There are lots of worthwhile jobs that are best done in the autumn months for a rewarding result in the spring! Follow these simple tips for great results!

Many plants that die back can be split or ‘divided’ to produce more plants for free! Practically any spring/summer flowering herbaceous plants with multiple stems from the ground can be divided (geraniums, hostas, rhubarb, crocosmia etc..) this is a great way of increasing the plants that you have or rejuvenating congested and struggling plants.

Small plants can be divided by hand – simply lift the plant and gently pull sections away that have visible growing points or “eyes”.Congested or woody plants can be separated by using two garden forks –lift the plant then insert them back to back and gently prise them apart until you have separated the plant.

Corms, such as crocus and gladioli, can be divided by cutting them into pieces, each one with a bud. Dust with fungicide, leave in a dry place and plant when a tough outer coat has developed in a month or so.

Other tasks ideally done in the autumn are large shrub and tree planting. While you can plant at practically any time of the year the conditions in autumn are perfect to get a head start and encourage good root establishment. The soil is generally still warm and (at the moment moist!) if planted properly the roots will be in good health to start growing early next season-see for a good planting guide.

Along with general cutting back and ‘putting to bed’ many shrubs benefit from removing dead or diseased stems. Many overgrown or leggy shrubs can be reduced now to encourage lower, more compact growth next year. Hard pruning should not be done when there are regular frosts, but if done in early October the plant has time to heal in time for the colder weather.

Many garden plants and flowers will be producing seeds at this time of the year and collecting them can be a great job to do with children. Allow the seed pods to ripen fully and pick them on a dry day. Remove the seeds from the pods and pop them into a paper envelope or bag. Make sure you label them, because trust me you will forget! Some can be stored in a cool dry place to sow next year and some can be sown immediately if you have somewhere to keep them growing over the winter.

If you need advice or help with anything garden related I am here to help!
James, 07541192818.

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