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Gardening News, Issue #002 -- teaser here
October 21, 2014
Welcome to The Anlex Autumn/Winter Newsletter
Well summer is well and truly over now, the rain has started and soon the frosty mornings will be upon us. So now is a good time to start preparing the garden for winter.
Here are a few tips for odd jobs that can be done around the garden at this time of year.
Most leaves rot down to make a leaf compost over a few years, but some leaves take longer to rot than others, Oak, alder, beach and hornbeam rot quite quickly and sycamore, sweet chestnut, horse chestnut and walnut will take a little longer, shredding the leaves first will speed up the process, especially shred evergreen leaves as they are slow to rot down.
Rake fallen leaves on to a sheet of tarpaulin so you can drag them over to be added to a leaf compost heap, or fill black bags with air holes; fill the bags with the leaves sprinkle with water, tie the tops shake and store out of sight for two years. If you use a leaf bin remember to sprinkle the leaves with water so they don’t get to dry. When the leaves get a crumbly texture use as a mulch on your borders.
Spruce up the worn out lawn from all the summer BBQs and parties, worn out patches up the path or around the children’s play area this can compact the soil, make deep holes in the compacted area using the prongs from a garden fork every ten centimeters across the whole area, brush in a top dressing, this will help with aeration and drainage.
Remove any thatch and moss with a spring tined raked, add the debris to the compost heap. For larger amounts of moss apply a moss killer first, such as Aftercut autumn all in one lawn feed and moss killer, available in store now. Always follow manufactures instructions. Turfing can be done now too, laying turf now will give the lawn plenty of time to establish before next spring.
Tidy your borders by digging up the annuls add them to the compost bin, divide any perennials that have become overcrowded do this as the soil is still warm, move any poorly placed shrubs again the soil is still warm. Cut back any perennials that are fading to about 5cm above the ground don’t be too neat though as some perennials look great in the autumn dew and they also cater shelter for overwintering bugs.
When your borders are clear from the old you can add some new, pansies, wall flowers and bellis daisies are fantastic for brightening up the borders. Plant spring bulbs like Daffodils, Hyacinths, and crocus preferably by the end of September; Tulips can be planted in November. Allium, Lillies and Crocosma bulbs can be planted in September and October.
Lift tender species like begonias and dahlias before the first frost, cut back the stems and lift gently from the ground, remove any soil from the tuber/rhizomes and store them in a tray of dry compost or sand but with the crown just poking from the top of the soil/sand, keep in a cool frost free place over winter and can be replanted in the spring.
Take any greenhouse shade down, because the days are shorter this will maximise the amount of light for your plants.Clean the gutters off trapped leaves and debris.As you are sorting the outside of the greenhouse you can do the inside, remove any plants before you sweep out any mess, use a Jeyes fluid solution to disinfect the inside of the greenhouse to reduce the overwintering pest and diseases, ventilate the greenhouse for a few days after cleaning so it dries well. Wash out pots and seed trays ready for spring. Sow vegetables to grow in the greenhouse over the winter, like carrots and winter salad and pak choi.
Plant evergreens to provide all year interest, Daphne with its big glossy green leaves and fragrant flowers, and the sarcococca in the autumn and winter will brighten up any dull gaps in the borders. Use box, bays and hollies clipped in to shape will give a more formal look.
Use a fine net spread across the pond and pin it down, this will stop leaves turning the pond water bad and will prevent them blocking the filters on the pumps, collect the leaves for the compost heap or collect to make leaf mould.
Get the lawnmower serviced so its ready for the first grass cut of the year in spring, Sharpen secateurs and shears, wash spades and forks and any other tools that could do with a clean up, use oil on metal parts this will prevent rusting and wooden handles can be treated with linseed oil, store your tools in a dry place
We hope you have enjoyed this information, if you need further advice or help with any gardening issues please call us on 020 - 8421 - 5977 or contact us here Don't forget to check out our latest updates
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