Win­ter is com­ing It’s time to get your gar­den ready ... be­fore the weather gets too cold

Leek Post & Times - - YOUR GARDEN -

Bananas and tree ferns can be wrapped in hor­ti­cul­tural fleece. Avoid do­ing this on a windy day as it can turn into a very frus­trat­ing job with the fleece blow­ing away!

There are also fleece jack­ets which can be slipped over the shrub.

The lawn has had a tough time this year but it can take it.

Al­most five months of drought has weak­ened some of the grass plants.

Give it a vig­or­ous rake – this is called scar­i­fy­ing and re­moves any thatch that has built up, as well as fallen leaves.

Yes, there will be plenty more leaves to fall but it’s best to re­move them as this hap­pens oth­er­wise the lack of light will turn the grass yel­low and weaken it for the win­ter.

You can im­prove drainage for win­ter by hol­low tin­ing the turf – this is the re­moval of plugs of soil at in­ter­vals around the lawn and then sweep­ing in some sil­ver sands into the holes.

A lot of the glo­ri­ous herba­ceous growth which pro­duced much of the flow­ers is done so any­thing that isn’t at­trac­tive can be cut back.

How­ever, you don’t have to be su­per tidy – it’s more ben­e­fi­cial for wildlife if you can leave some ar­eas of wild­ness. Even a small pile of dead leaves will make a home for ben­e­fi­cial in­sects such as bee­tles which will feed on aphids and small cater­pil­lars.

Try to get your weed­ing done be­fore

Weed: Spurge Pile up: Col­lect leaves as they drop and put them in bags to cre­ate com­post for later Scar­ify your lawn, left, and tidy up bushes and shrubs, above

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