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October Jobs for the Garden

Category Garden
Published 1 October 2019

October Jobs for the Garden

As the season shifts and the weather begins to cool, it’s time to start preparing for the annual lawn clear up and next year’s garden backdrop. Keep reading for an insight into October’s quick garden tips!

Harvest seeds and fruits

Collecting seeds from your existing trees, bulbous plants, shrubs and more is a fantastic way to recreate your beautiful garden aesthetics next year. However, each seed has its own cycle of life, which means you need to be quick and careful to harvest at exactly the right time.

Below are just a few tips on keeping your seeds:

  • Providing the seed is ripe and ready, it’s recommended to collect it on a dry day. Keep an eye out for colour changes to brown, black and red, as well as shed seeds for the best luck
  • To save fruit and berry seeds, mash the contents and rinse away the remnants in a clean sieve before setting aside to dry for a couple of days
  • If you can’t seem to open seed heads on the first attempt when dry, gently crush to extract the seed inside
  • Nuts can be gathered once they’ve naturally fallen from trees

To store

  • Use airtight containers and add a small amount of desiccant to extract any excess moisture
  • Avoid any spaces with high levels of humidity, as this may cause the seed to rot or attract diseases
  • For seeds that cannot dry out, simply place inside a bag filled with moist sand or vermiculite (these can also be mixed). Leave for a couple of months at a time
  • Store securely at 5°C inside a fridge until its time to replant!

Location, location, location!

When it comes to salvaging greenery, location is everything - for more tender plants, you’ll need to be on full alert this autumn to relocate to a conservatory for warmth.

A drop in temperature in your area is a good indicator of when it’s time to move your plants, most likely when it begins hitting the 12-15ºC mark consistently. For help on relocating, take a look at the tips below:

  • Using a border spade, gently lift desired plants from their beds or pots, taking care to avoid disturbing the roots. You may also use a fork if necessary
  • Cut down the stems and remove any excess soil
  • Once indoors, prepare a pot with fresh compost and replant
  • You can also use this method for plants commonly grown in containers; lightly trim the stems and shed of any dead, dying or diseased leaves

Top Tip Spotlight: Turning over a new leaf

Or just clearing the space entirely! October is the perfect time to get rid of any fallen leaves and light debris that has started to pile up on the lawn. Regular maintenance can help to reduce the amount of time spent in the cooling weather when the season sneaks in. Depending on the size of your garden, you have the option to rake your lawn, collecting everything into a neat pile to pop in the waste bin later.

In terms of efficiency though, this can be tough on the arms and time-consuming, the simplest option is to invest in a handy tool that does the job for you; the beloved garden blow vac.

This powerful machine often features blow, vacuum and shred functions, perfect for creating mulch and giving something back to your garden. With this, you can remove light fallen debris from your lawn with absolute ease, either in a pile for waste or vacuum into the blower itself to empty later on. Ideally, you’ll also want to look for your vacuum to have an integrated shoulder strap, so you can reach every corner effortlessly. This method delivers ultimate convenience, efficiency and a clear, green space ready for autumn.

Why not have a look at our range of garden blow vacs.