In October it can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to caring for your Chigwell, Loughton or Woodford garden. It is tempting to take the ‘less is more’ approach, especially when there is beginning to be a bit of a nip in the air. Yet there is lots you can do in the October garden.
You can always make your garden look better and you might want to be harvesting crops or planting new ones at this time of year. Eden Project horticulturist, Julie Kendall, has some tips that that will help you make sure you get the most from your Chigwell, Woodford or Loughton garden and to prepare the garden for the colder months ahead.
It’s time for a tidy up, greenhouses, ponds, gutters and water butts may all need cleaning out. Wooden garden furniture should need covering or stored for the winter and terracotta pots will need bringing inside so that they don’t freeze and crack.
If you have a lawn you can care for it by brushing or raking leaves off the grass. Try collecting them in a leaf bag, which will turn them into leaf mould to use as compost. If you don’t already have a compost heap, October is a great time to start one, with all the leaves and cuttings to be disposed of.
You should also cut your lawn for the final time of the year at the end of the month but mowing it slightly higher than during the summer months. This will help to protect your lawn from winter frost damage. Make sure that you trim your hedges so that they are crisp and tidy for the winter months. Sharp edges will look very impressive when coated in frost in winter.
Preparation is key before frost, snow and high winds arrive. Check any high structures such as fences, sheds and gates for signs of weakness and rot in October.