Seasonal Tips for October

  • Divide overcrowded and poor flowering herbaceous plants.
 
  • Plant out onion and garlic sets, now available from the garden centre.
 
  • It’s turf laying time! To guarantee quality, deliveries arrive every Friday on a first come, first served basis. For existing lawns, rake in Tunstall lawn top dressing to thicken grass and improve rooting.
 
  • Plant wallflowers, winter pansies and spring-flowering bulbs for spring colour.
 
  • Now is a good time to plant new shrubs, trees and perennials.
 
  • Lift dahlias after the first frost. Cut back foliage, dry off and lay in boxes. Cover in compost with crowns exposed. Store in a dry, frost free shed or garage. (They may overwinter in the ground, protected by 150mm of chipped bark).
 
  • Replant hanging baskets with spring-flowering bulbs, winter heathers, trailing ivies and spring bedding plants.
 
  • Sweet peas can be sown in the greenhouse now. We have over 42 varieties to choose from!
 
  • Insulate your greenhouse with bubble wrap.
 
  • Turn the compost heap and add compost maker to aid decomposition.