In the gar­den this week

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - East Kent Property - - OUTDOORS -

Un­less lawns are sod­den or frozen, tidy up lawn edges. An edg­ing tool is best for this job

Clear lawns of any re­main­ing dead leaves to pre­vent them killing grass and en­cour­ag­ing mucky worm casts.

Take root cut­tings from pa­paver (peren­nial pop­pies), ver­bas­cum (mullein) and phlox.

Clean and store bam­boo canes in the shed (or other dry place) to en­sure they’re still in good con­di­tion for later in the year. Bro­ken ones can be short­ened, where pos­si­ble, for re-use.

Di­vide and plant rhubarb. Clumps can be lifted and pre­pared for forc­ing in early spring.

Reg­u­larly check fruit stores and re­move rot­ting and mouldy spec­i­mens. These can be left out for birds and wildlife as a wel­come win­ter treat.

Look out for signs of canker when prun­ing fruit trees.

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