Things to do in your Mapesbury garden in
Rake up leaves from lawns
and paving, leaf mould makes a good soil improver.
Bring in tender plants,
should frost threaten, protect others with i.e. fleece.
Pull up summer bedding i.e.
Marigolds and compost, plant spring bedding i.e. wallflower, primula,
viola, forget-me-not etc.
Cut back faded herbaceous
perennials and compost or lift and divide if poor flowering or
Continue to plant spring
Pick apples and pears.
Applying grease bands around fruit tree trunks in late October will
prevent i.e. female codling moth climbing up the trunk to lay her
Pick late season flowers and
continue to deadhead to prolong flowering.
If lavender has become old,
tired and woody, dig up and plant something new in its place.
Now is a good time to plant shrubs, trees and
perennials, as the soil is still warm and moisture levels are
generally increasing in it.
Reseed/returf worn areas of
Remove blanket weed, dead
leaves on aquatic plants before they rot and net the pond prior to
Conduct autumn lawn renovation. Rake/scarify to
remove thatch, aerate, thicken bald patches in turf by sowing grass
seed, top dress, then feed.
Start mulching beds/borders
using organic matter i.e. garden compost to a depth of at least 5cm.
Mulching traps moisture and helps suppress weeds.
Fabian Lee, Mapesbury Professional
Gardener & Horticultural Specialist.