Here are some garden tasks to consider in October for the UK:
- Plant spring-flowering bulbs: October is the perfect time to plant bulbs such as daffodils, tulips and hyacinths for a burst of colour in spring.
- Harvest vegetables: October is a great time to harvest any remaining crops from your vegetable garden such as pumpkins, squashes, and potatoes before the first frost.
- Prune trees and shrubs: This is the time to prune any deciduous trees and shrubs that have finished flowering. Make sure to remove any dead or diseased wood, as well as any crossing branches.
- Clear fallen leaves: Clearing leaves from lawns, borders and paths is important in autumn to prevent them from smothering the grass and plants beneath.
- Cut back herbaceous perennials: After they have finished flowering, cut back any herbaceous perennials to ground level.
- Prepare the soil: If you’re planning to plant new shrubs or trees in the spring, October is a great time to prepare the soil by adding compost or well-rotted manure.
- Protect tender plants: If you have any tender plants in your garden, such as fuchsias or dahlias, it’s important to protect them from frost by covering them with fleece or bringing them indoors.
- Clean tools and equipment: As the gardening season starts to wind down, it’s a good idea to clean and store your gardening tools and equipment.
By completing these tasks in October, you’ll help to ensure that your garden stays healthy and productive throughout the winter and into the next growing season.