JOBS FOR THE WEEK
■ 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