Things to do in your Mapesbury garden in
Clear up leaves from lawns,
paving, beds and ponds, leaf mould makes a good soil improver.
Plant tulips 10-20cm apart,
x3 their own size/depth of soil.
Continue to do general
weeding, make sure to dig up perennial weeds by the root.
Buy bare-root plants i.e.
Roses and plant immediately to prevent drying out or heel in, as a
Plant/move perennial plants.
Deadhead patio plants, this
will encourage prolonged flowering and help prevent fungal disease.
Cut back Dahlias to ground
level, once frost has blackened leaves. If soil is well drained
leave in ground and cover with 15cm layer of compost/bark. In colder
areas, with heavier soils, lift and over winter indoors, before
replanting next spring.
Apply grease bands around
trunks of fruit trees to trap winter moths and leave on until April
of next year. This will prevent the wingless female moth, crawling
up the tree to lay her eggs.
Raise containers onto pot feet, to prevent
Plant out winter bedding
i.e. wallflowers, primula, viola, forget-me-nots etc etc .
Continue to cut down and
compost spent herbaceous perennials and lift /divide overgrown
An Autumn mulch can protect borderline hardy
plants i.e. Agapanthus and Kniphofia.
Large containers that may
suffer frost damage can be protected with fleece, bubble wrap or
growing in unsuitable places, whilst still young.
of deciduous trees, shrubs and hedges during dormant season
Lightly prune bush roses to
prevent wind-rock and it is not too late to prune climbing roses.
Fabian Lee, Mapesbury Professional
Gardener & Horticultural Specialist.