Gloucestershire Echo - - YOUR GARDEN -

■ You can in­crease your stock of border car­na­tions by lay­er­ing – choose a healthy side shoot that isn’t flow­er­ing, bend it over with­out snap­ping the stem and peg it firmly into the ground with some wire. Cover the stem with soil and water in.

■ Di­vide over­crowded bearded irises to im­prove vigour for next year. ■ Hav­ing trou­ble with ear­wigs on your dahlias? Make traps with pots stuffed with shred­ded pa­per and re­move ear­wigs daily.

■ Prune climb­ing and ram­bling roses if they have fin­ished flow­er­ing. ■ Conifer and ev­er­green hedges can have a fi­nal trim to tidy up be­fore au­tumn slows growth.

■ A high phos­phate feed for the lawn will help en­cour­age strong root growth, which will strengthen it for the win­ter.

■ Colchicum, stern­ber­gia and au­tumn cro­cus should be planted in the ground as soon as they are avail­able in the gar­den cen­tre.

Trim conifers be­fore au­tumn slows growth ■ Cy­cla­men corms that

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