Things to do in your Mapesbury garden in
Buy Spring flowering bulbs, big is best, check
they are not spongy and free from mould, then plant. In the case of
tulip bulbs, wait until November to plant, to prevent disease.
Naturalise bulbs, by throwing over the lawn and
planting where they fall.
Prune/trim Lavender. If old and woody, cutting
back to a few inches above bare wood, may encourage new growth.
Deadhead i.e. Rosa, Dahlia, Delphinium and
Penstemon to prolong flowering.
Now is a good time to plant shrubs and
perennials, as the soil is still warm and moisture levels are
increasing in it.
Divide herbaceous perennials, i.e. Crocosmia, as
they begin to die back. Lift/split/replant about every three years.
Stake top heavy plants i.e. Dahlias & Asters if
necessary to prevent wind damage.
Dig up hardy annuals and collect seed if desired.
Tidy up borders by
removing dead growth from Summer bedding and hardy perennials. Some
old stems of i.e. Dipsacus (Teasel) may be left as they can look
attractive covered by frost and their seeds will be appreciated by
Compost dead vegetative matter or if diseased
burn or bin.
Prune fruit trees to prevent disease.
Clean paving and
decking, which can become extremely treacherous, when covered with
Remove blanket weed, dead leaves on aquatic
plants before they rot and net the pond prior to leaf fall.
Conduct Autumn lawn renovation. Rake/scarify to
remove thatch, aerate, thicken bald patches in turf by sowing grass
seed, top dress, then feed.
Fabian Lee, Mapesbury Professional
Gardener & Horticultural Specialist.