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The Orchard's Gardening Tips This Autumn

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Seasonal Interest

Warm days, cool nights and a fading slanting light heralds the start of Autumn time, when some of the most vibrant colours of the year are produced in the leaves of deciduous trees and shrubs. Ornamental grasses with their billowing silhouettes and fabulous plumes are the stars of the Autumn border.  Planted within a shrub bed they can create high impact and texture; they are hardy and easy to maintain.

Instant Autumn/Winter Bedding Colour

Now is the perfect time to plant a whole combination of Autumn/Winter bedding to create instant seasonal impact in containers or the border. Cyclamen, violas, pansies, winter cherries, garden mums etc –  are all hardy enough to be outdoors throughout the Autumn/Winter.

Lawn Care

Investing time in autumn lawn care will pay dividends next spring and summer with a greener, lusher and more resilient lawn. Various tasks such as aerating, scarifying, top dressing and moss treatment are all vital jobs that can be undertaken throughout Autumn. If creating a new lawn seed is best sown from late summer to mid-autumn; there is less competition from weeds, and the soil is warm, and damp from rain - perfect for seeds to germinate!

Grow Your Own

As well as being a fabulous time in the fruit garden for harvesting Apples & Pears Autumn is also an ideal time to sow vegetables for overwintering.  Turnip, Spinach Winter lettuce, Onion sets and Garlic are just a few of the tasty temptations that can be sown now.

Planting Bulbs now for Spring Colour

Bulbs make a fabulous display planted in containers or borders, especially daffodils, snowdrops and tulips in spring. They are one of the easiest and most rewarding garden plants to grow.  Bulbs are fantastic for adding colour to spring borders. Tulips come in all shades, from dark purple to white, and bloom at a time of year when many plants offer muted colours. Other bulbs, such as snowdrops and scillas, are some of the earliest flowering plants in the garden, brightening up the short days of very early spring.  Spring-flowering bulbs, such as daffodils, crocus and hyacinths should be planted preferably by mid October and tulips can be planted throughout November.

Planting Trees

Trees can bring so much to a garden, including shade, fruit, autumn colour, fragrance, flowers, height; and also offer very valuable environmental benefits for pollinators and wildlife. After the first year or two, trees need little maintenance or pruning and usually look after themselves with just a little routine care. During the first two seasons after planting, newly planted trees require thorough watering in dry spells to ensure that the water reaches the full depth of the root system.

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