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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

Au­tumn is here and the leaves are be­gin­ning to fall. Col­lect these and add to your com­post heap. Or just col­lect in bags – punc­ture a few holes – to leave for a year to rot down.

It’s a great month for plant­ing, the soil is still warm and will al­low roots to set­tle in. So take a visit to your lo­cal gar­den cen­tre and treat your­self to some­thing.

Fed up with your lawn? It’s also a good time to roll out new turf. Pre­pare ground well re­mov­ing all weeds and rake to a fine tilth be­fore lay­ing afresh. Re­duce mow­ing on ex­ist­ing lawns. Lift ten­der corms and plants like glad­i­oli, can­nas and dahlias be­fore the win­ter frosts. In milder places, you might get away with leav­ing in situ with a layer of mulch. Any house­plants that you took out­doors for their sum­mer hol­i­days can be taken back in­doors now.

Clean out veg beds of old ma­te­ri­als and plant out spring cabbages and win­ter let­tuces. Raise your pump­kins onto bricks to keep them dry and help them ripen for Hal­loween.

It’s also good time to clean up the green­house for win­ter.

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