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October Jobs

Find out what to do in your garden now.


Ornamental Garden:
  • Mulch borders with compost if not done in the spring.
  • Continue deadheading if weather is mild.
  • Remove fallen leaves from roses to prevent blackspot.
  • Continue to tidy borders of weeds and leaves.
  • Transplant any plants that need to be moved.
  • Plant spring bulbs such as daffodils etc. But NOT tulips – wait until November to avoid tulip blight.
  • Lift and divide perennials.  
  • Plant up containers etc. for winter bedding displays.
  • Apply autumn lawn feed etc.
  • Now is a good time to plant trees and shrubs – the soil is moist and warm.
  • Sow sweet peas under glass.
  • Can lift summer flowering bulbs / tubers and overwinter in greenhouse or can heavily mulch plants and leave in the ground. E.g. gladioli, dahlia, canna.
  • Cut back herbaceous perennials as they die back.
  • Prune climbing roses to avoid wind rock.
  • Refill bird feeders regularly.
  • Install insect hotels / log piles.

Vegetable Garden:
  • Begin planting garlic
  • Apply fleece to late season crops when frost is forecast.
  • Lift and divide rhubarb.
  • Clear away old foliage of strawberries to prevent pest and diseases.
  • Pot up herbs and take into frost free greenhouse or windowsill to continue cropping through the winter.  
  • Complete planting onion setts and plant out spring cabbage.
  • Harvest squash and pumpkin if not already done so.

Everything you need for October gardening

Here at The Garden Superstore we stock the very same gardening products used by professional gardeners and growers, but in smaller quantities ready for you to order online today and start using tomorrow.

We've rounded up the popular products other gardeners are now using for their September gardening jobs.

Written by: Alex Bell, www.alexbellgardendesign.co.uk

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