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Things can start turning a bit chilly this month and thoughts drift to the forthcoming celebrations in December. 

Autumn hues can still be enjoyed this month and many plants have beautiful seed heads and berries that glow throughout the month. However there are a few jobs that do need to done before you really put the garden to bed!

Flowers & Shrubs

Top Tip: There’s still time to plants bulbs this month, we still have a good selection and there will be some bargains to be had in the bulb room at Sunshine.

Bulbs look stunning in pots so plant bulbs that don’t grow too tall, probably less than 16” and stick to just one or two varieties in each pot to give the maximum impact. Another advantage of planting in pots is that they can be put in a hidden corner of the garden whilst growing and then moved to a prime position once the bulbs are about to flower.


Top Tip: If the weather does turn a bit chilly it’s worth protecting tender plants with some fleece, we sell fleece in rolls to wrap around plants or you can use fleece already made into a hood that you can just slip over the plants like a woolly hat!

Top Tip:  Cut down perennials that have turned black after having been caught by the frost, cut them down to ground level and compost the stems.

Top Tip:  Some perennials tend to dry once they have finished flowering and can create lovely silhouettes in the low winter light, just leave these until the spring and cut them down then.  If it looks good – leave it!

Top Tip: Give roses a light prune to avoid wind rock, which can damage the roots of roses, the main prune will be in March/April.

Top Tip:  Although most leaves should be removed from the garden, don’t be too house proud, clear leaves off the lawn (more of this later) and paths, remove leaves if they are preventing light from getting to plants otherwise leav then on the beds, earthworms will do their bit and feed on them and pull the leaves down into the soil, in other words let nature’s beasties do some of the hard work in the garden for you!

Top Tip:  If you want to make a really easy job of clearing the leaves get a leaf blower, we have simple ones that will also suck up and chop the leaves that can then be used as a mulch or in the compost heap.



Top Tip:  Don’t forget to plant some winter bedding now that the summer bedding has really finished, Violas, Pansies and Cyclamen are all in flower now and will go through the winter. Put some small bulbs such as Narcissus Tete a Tete under the bedding to come up next spring through the bedding.

Top Tip: Watering, just keep an eye on the compost in containers; even though it is now cooler and damper plants can still dry out.



Lawns


Top Tip: 
If you haven’t done it yet, feed the lawn with an autumn lawn food to build up its strength and to kill off any moss that maybe present

Top Tip: 
Remove any leaves from the lawn to prevent brown patches caused by lack of light, run over them with the lawnmower, which will pick up the leaves and chop them ready to compost.


Top Tip: If the weather remains warm the grass will still grow, cut it as normal but don’t have the blades too low.

Top Tip:  Lift parsnips once they have been frosted as their flavour sweetens with the frost.

Top Tip:  Prepare a bed for garlic; improve heavy soils with Farmyard Organic Manure

Top Tip:  Plant currant bushes while they are dormant, we have a good selection in stock

Top Tip:  Dwarf fruit trees are perfect for small London gardens; we have apples, pears & cherries in stock at £39.99.

Top Tip:  Apple and pear trees can be pruned any time from now to February.

Top Tip:  Apply fruit tree grease or bands to prevent winter moths laying eggs in the trees.