28 September 2018 by Dr Jane Bingham
Perfect time to plant
Container-grown plants can be planted at any time of year provided the soil is workable, but the ideal planting time is right now during autumn. The soil is still warm after the summer months and likely to be moist too, providing perfect conditions for root growth. Planting in autumn allows plenty of time for plants to put on root growth and settle into their new home before their top growth takes off in spring.
Did you Know?
Mycorrhizal fungi, such as Neudorff Mycorrhiza Root Enlarger, are beneficial fungi that help roots to access more water and nutrients. Mycorrhizal fungi are particularly beneficial in poor soils. Please refer to pack labels for full details and instructions.
Plant up a pot for Autumn
Brighten up your days with a beautiful pot or hanging basket packed with colourful autumn plants. Pick ‘n’ mix from our extensive selection of pots, hanging baskets, bedding plant packs and small potted plants – you’ll be spoilt for choice! Don’t worry as our friendly plant team are happy to help.
Remember to take time to look around you and enjoy all the glorious vibrant and fiery autumn colours!
Pick up leaves
Collect fallen autumn leaves to make leaf mould. Pile up the leaves and leave them for at least two years to break down into crumbly, black leaf mould. Leaf mould has many uses around the garden:
• It makes a wonderful soil conditioner and mulch.
• Well-rotted leaf mould can be sieved and used for seed sowing.
• When mixed with equal parts of sharp sand and top soil it can be used as potting compost.
• It can also be used on lawns as a top dressing.
Prepare for winter
• Move tender plants, like Standard Fuchsias and Bay trees into an unheated greenhouse or sheltered porch.
• Outdoors, gather pots together in a sheltered spot beside a house wall to protect them from the worst of the winter weather.
• Wet soil kills plants, so it is vital that excess water drains away freely. With pots make sure drainage holes are not blocked and raise pots up on to ‘pot feet’, especially if they are stood on a hard surface, like concrete.
• Shorten long branches of Buddleja, Cotoneasters and Roses or tie in to reduce wind damage.
• In exposed sites, protect newly planted trees, particularly conifers and evergreen trees and hedges, from icy blasts using windbreaks made of fine mesh or fleece attached to posts, stakes or canes.