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Accrington Observer - - LEISURE -

● IT’S a good time for prun­ing. In­spect trees and shrubs for dead or dis­eased branches and re­move. Leave ac­ers and birches un­til mid­win­ter be­cause any other time they can bleed sap. Save twigs and branches for Bon­fire Night.

● TEN­DER plants like salvias need to be dug up, potted and put in a frost-free con­ser­va­tory for the win­ter. Cover the crowns of ten­der plants you are leav­ing out­side with a thick dry mulch.

● PONDS need at­ten­tion be­fore win­ter sets in. Re­move and clean the pump if you have one. Thin out oxy­genat­ing plants if these have taken over and re­move any old leaves and de­bris from the bot­tom.

● WRAP up ba­nanas, tree ferns and other ten­der species you are leav­ing out­side for win­ter – hor­ti­cul­tural fleece or straw with hes­sian is good.

● LIFT pump­kins for Hal­loween and plant out au­tumn onion sets and gar­lic bulbs

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