“My favorite color is October”
October is the month of Indian summer. Nature is full of color. The leaves show their beautiful color pallete and there is that fragile light between the trees and over the water. October nights can be cold already, while at daytime the tempreture is still pleasant.
October garden tips: plants
- In October you can plant perennials, evergreen shrubs and trees. The soil is still warm so that the roots can develop before winter makes its appearence.
- Also, you can still plant roses.
- Throw away the fallen leaves of roses and pick any remaining leaves from the stalk. The leaves of the rose can contain fungal spores of rust and soot star.
- Plant spring flowering bulbs in the garden.
- You can divide perennials until about mid-October and again planted.
- Plant Conifers in October otherwise you have to wait till March to April.
- Sprinkle the grass clippings and fallen leaves between the plants in borders as protection against the winter cold.
- Bring non hardy container plants inside.
- October is the month of the Aster. This plant brings color to your lawn and attracts butterflies.
- Fill containers with winter bloomers as Viola, Erica carnea, Helleborus.
- Prune walnut trees, birch, maple and chestnut in October. The pruning wounds heal faster and you avoid bleeding from the trees.
October garden tips: lawncare
- The grass keeps growing, keep mowing. You can set the cutting knife of your lawn mower higher and don’t mow shorter than 2 inch. This will give a nice lawn in winter.
- Remove the grass clippings right away to avoid a felt layer on the lawn.
- October is a good time to create a lawn with turf.
- Keep the lawn free of leaves. This prevent yellow spots on the grass.
- Sprinkle lime for one last time on the grass.
- October is a perfect time to dig out the soil, especially clay soil. Leave the lumps of clay. In winter, the ground will freeze and burst. In this way you can improve the structure of the soil.
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- Make paths free of leaves.
- Collect the seeds of withered plants.
- Clean the bird boxes or hang a new one and fill with bird seeds.
- Use fallen leaves for the compost heap.
- Also leave some leaves. These leaves provide shelter for hedgehogs.
“By all these lovely tokens September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumns best of cheer.” – Helen Hunt Jackson –
September days are getting shorter, you can still feel the warmth of summer and evenings are getting colder. In late summer there is a lot going on in your garden. September is the month to start to make your garden winterized. Here are some jobs you can do in the September garden.
September garden tips: plants
- Cut dead flowers ot the rose. This ensures a long flowering until the autumn.
- Fill in bare patches in the border with evergreen plants as ornamental cherry, Holly, Hague conifers and boxwood.
- Plant springflowering bulbs like daffodils, snowdrops and crocusses.
- Dig up and store tender bulbs in a cool dark place before the first frost.
- Stop composting container plants.
- If it is dry, keep good watering once or twice a week.
September garden tips: lawncare
- September is also a good month to create a new lawn with seed or turf.
- Fill up bare spots in the lawn.
- Airing and scarifying your lawn.
- Refresh your lawn by overseeding.
- Keep mowing, but not as much as in summer. The blades
Other jobs to do in September
- Rake leaves from the lawn.
- Span a net over the pound for falling leaves.
- Start your compost bin.
- Take time for a last time weeding for a better lookof your winter garden.
- Make the birds happy. Hang on a chain with bird seed.
- Control your garden on pests and diseases and get rid of them.
- Remove fallen leaves of the gutter.
- Collect the seeds of withered plants.
It’s all a lie……
What do you mean?
That the Gardens of Babylon really existed.
Maybe it is an ancient gossip.
Don’t say that, history tells us it is a love story.
Aahh I like love stories, tell me.