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Monthly Advice

October: 

Shrubs and Perennials:

As shrubs finish flowering they can be pruned back to their usual pruning points. 

Lawn Care:

Now it's becoming milder, end of season lawn care can be implemented. Scarifying will help remove moss and thatch build ups. A liquid Iron treatment will help kill off the moss prior to scarifying if required, as well as feeding the grass,. Following scarifying top dressings can then be applied, along with seed and a slow release feed if required.

Vegetable Gardens:

Regularly hoe between rows of fruit and veg. Not only will this keep on top of weeds, but it will break up the soil enabling water to penetrate deeper when it does rain. 

Garden Pests:

Mixed planting schemes round the garden are a proven way of reducing pests over simply having block planting.

Roses may be getting attacked by greenfly and require a treatment with insecticide.

Weeds:

Regular weeding and hoeing over of borders will always be required at this time of year. While no chemicals are 100% safe glyphosate based weed killers have reduced long term risks over some residual types available. These weed killers can greatly reduce the need for physical weeding and have a longer term solution for couch grass, docks and dandelions.

Hedges:

As the bird nesting season nears and end you can start planning any end of season reductions required. We generally leave conifer reductions untill October / November as they are some of the most popular nesting places so may have a few still live in them.

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