Gardening, Gardening Year, Gardens, Gary, How To, Plants

Autumn leaves waiting to be raked

The September heat is fading, and Autumn is in full swing. As it gets colder, the trees begin to change and nature becomes gold for a few months. We have put together a list of the essential gardening jobs for October to help you make the most out of the transitional season in your garden.

General 

  • Mulch the borders with compost if not done in the spring to boost the quality of your soil and help it retain water and nutrients during the colder months. 
  • Continue to tidy borders of weeds and leaves. These will become slippery over winter, but will also be harder to remove once the soil freezes.
  • Apply autumn lawn feed. These specialised feeds help to fortify your lawn from frost and icy conditions. 
  • Cut back perennials that have died down. 
  • Renovate old lawns or create new grass areas by laying turf. By doing this now you encourage root growth instead of leaf growth which allows your grass to survive the winter, and cuts down on and mowing in the cold

Animals 

  • Refill Feeders regularly This well help late migratory birds on their way, but also provide a constant food source for wintering birds. See our range of bird feeds here.  
  • Install insect hotels. This is the easiest time of year to find the raw materials you need to build an insect hotel. By doing it now you’ll also have it ready for the Insects try to get away from the cold. 

Plants 

  • Remove fallen leaves from roses to prevent blackspot – a fungal disease that can spread quickly to your whole rosegarden. 
  • Pot up your herbs and take them inside, either to a frost-free greenhouse or windowsill.
  • Move tender plants, including aquatic ones, into a greenhouse or conservatory
  • Bring potted tropical plants inside, including bananas, pineapple lilies (eucomis) and brugmansias.

Produce 

  • Begin planting garlic for a good summer harvest.  
  • Apply fleece to late season crops when frost is forecast
  • Harvest apples, pears, grapes and nuts

Greenhouse

  • Clean out the greenhouse to get rid of debris that can harbor overwintering pests
  • Attach guttering to the greenhouse and install a water butt, to make good use of autumn rain. You can reuse this water elsewhere in the garden, it also discourages water from freezing on the greenhouse
  • Wash greenhouse glazing to let in as much of the weaker autumn daylight as possible. This will keep your plants healthy as well as warm during the cold winter months.

It’s a busy time of the gardening year, but putting in some hard work now will give you great results in spring. Let us know what your up to on social media

 

Gary at PrimroseGary works in the Primrose product loading team, writing product descriptions and other copy. With seven years as a professional chef under his belt, he can usually be found experimenting in the kitchen or sat reading a book.

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Gardens, How To, Tyler

Let’s be honest, no one really likes the look of their wheelie bin and definitely don’t want to see it in their lovely garden when they look out the window. Worst part is usually there’s more than one! But the reality is we’ve got to have them in our garden/driveway… How can I hide my wheelie bin you ask? There are many ways you can disguise your wheelie bin in stylish ways! Read more to find out how you can.

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Wheelie Bin Stores/Screening

The first option you should consider if you’re looking to hide your wheelie bin is investing in a wheelie bin store or screening. These are fantastic at making an unpleasant bin become a feature in your garden. They come in sizes from single to triples has heaps of benefits such as reducing build up of odor, add security so that the wind can’t blow it down as well as keeping pests out. Best part is they are also adaptable which means you can start treating the wood and customising it how you want by painting it in different colours.

Potted Plants

Another great way to disguise your bin is by surrounding it with your potted plants! Take away the attention from your bin by the vibrant colours of your flowers, fruit trees and various other plants. Tall plants such as bamboo would work best due to its height.

Keep in mind, you will need to make sure that this isn’t placed where there isn’t much sunlight as this could prevent your plants from growing! If your wheelie bins are in a shaded area, artificial trellis is a great alternative as you won’t need to worry about sunlight and gives your wheelie bins more of a natural look…

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Build a Brick Wall

For the DIY heads and you have plenty of space to work with, you have the option of building a brick wall around your wheelie bins! This way if you own more than 3 bins, you could potentially build a store big enough to fit them all in. Similar to a wheelie bin store, you can also customise/decorate the wall however you like. The only down side will be is building a brick wall isn’t as cost effective as the other options above.

Tyler at PrimroseTyler works in the Primrose Marketing team, mainly working on Social Media and Online Marketing.

Tyler is a big fan on everything sports and supports Arsenal Football Club. When not writing Primrose blogs and tweets, you can find Tyler playing for his local Sunday football team or in the gym.

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Garden Tools, Gardens, Tyler

Winter is in full effect so it’s time to think about winter care for your garden tools and how to do it. If you look after your garden tools well then they should last you for years and will also save you money! So grab your tools and follow this guide so that you won’t have to deal with the consequences next year.

winter care for garden tools

Winter Care for Hand Tools

Start off your winter maintenance by cleaning all of your hand tools. Simply scrub all tools using a cleaning brush, making sure dirt and mud are removed from the metal part. Follow up with a dry cloth to wipe down the remaining soil left on the tool. If rust remains, sandpaper can be effective to rub any rust away. Wooden handles may also need to wiped down with sandpaper to ensure all splinters are removed.

You’ll want to oil your hand tools next. The reason many would oil their tools is so it prevents them from rusting over the period they are out of action. This all depends on the quality of the metal but to be sure, apply a thin layer. Use Linseed oil for the wooden handles so that the handle doesn’t become dry over these cold months.

Storing your tools away from rainfall and other elements that’ll make all your hard work lost is essential. You can store them in your greenhouse or rack them up in the shed, ready for you to use on the first day of spring.

Winter Care for Power Tools

There are different things that’ll need to be done for each power tool. If you have a tool such as a lawnmower or grass trimmer, you’ll need to ensure that all grass and grass clippings are removed from the machine as this will avoid the blades from jamming when next used and make sure to store in a cool and dry area.

If you have petrol powered tools, make sure that no fuel is left in the can and drained as over time in these cold conditions, it can go stale and you may struggle to start it up again come spring. Quite the opposite is needed for the oil though as this will need to be checked and topped up so that the machine remains in good working order.

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Sharpen Your Tools

Sharpening your tools is a great way to save money long term. After summer use, your hedge trimmers, chainsaws and hori trowels can become worn down and blunt. A quick job of the appropriate file tool to sharpen them up will ensure that your tools are as effective in 2019 as they were in 2018.

Tyler at PrimroseTyler works in the Primrose Marketing team, mainly working on Social Media and Online Marketing.

Tyler is a big fan on everything sports and supports Arsenal Football Club. When not writing Primrose blogs and tweets, you can find Tyler playing for his local Sunday football team or in the gym.

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Gardening, Gardens, Greenhouses, How To, Tyler

Making sure you use all the space you have efficiently in your greenhouse can be a great deal. This will allow you to be more organised and productive with the task at hand. Find out ways to organise your greenhouse in this blog and as they say; clear greenhouse, clear mind…

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Organisational Zones

Organising your greenhouse into zones is one of the best tips I would suggest. This method will help with using space efficiently and you’ll know exactly where everything is! Some of the zones you could have can be a storage zone, waste zone, potting zone.

Talking about plants, be sure consider what your plants need and work your zoning around that so that your plants can flourish the best they can. To make it easier, consider grouping them by water requirements or types to make life a little easier!

Staging and Shelving

Staging and Shelving is a fantastic way to use the full height of your greenhouse. These are ideal to use as tables to store all your potted plants and early propagation. There are plenty of Staging and Shelving you can choose from. These include wooden or metal, different colours and comes in many sizes to ensure you have the perfect one for your greenhouse.

Not only does it saves space, it can be re-positioned in any way you like as your preference may change throughout the year.

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Storage tubs/Bucket

Storage tubs/buckets can be very useful to store all your tools and bags of compost that have been open. Say goodbye to hassle of having to move everything to get your tools out as a storage bucket will allow you to store and use your tools anytime you like! Try and get a bucket/tub with a handle too; it’ll make it easier moving your tools around the garden and greenhouse.

Care of Waste

Taking care of waste is vital when wanting to keep your greenhouse clean and organised. As mentioned in the zoning paragraph, be sure to have a corner zone for your waste. I would suggest splitting this up by waste you can throw in a compost and one for general rubbish. You can use bins (if your greenhouse is large enough) or buckets to ensure everything is in order.

Tyler at PrimroseTyler works in the Primrose Marketing team, mainly working on Social Media and Online Marketing.

Tyler is a big fan on everything sports and supports Arsenal Football Club. When not writing Primrose blogs and tweets, you can find Tyler playing for his local Sunday football team or in the gym.

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