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- Bare root Trees, Shrubs and Roses -Top Tips
Trees, shrubs and roses are permanent additions to the garden, they’ll bring colour and form to the garden for years to come so they deserve the very best start. Here are our top tips for success when you plant bare root trees, shrubs and roses:
- Plant Tulip bulbs
The ideal time to plant Tulip bulbs is between October and November but if you are really pushed for time they can go in as late as December. Tulip bulbs need sunshine and a period of cold in order to flower well so planting the bulbs as late as December won't affect next years flowers. Just make sure the bulbs are stored somewhere frost free, cool, dark and airy and protected from rodents.
- How to make your own leaf mould
Leaf mould is easy to make at home. Most leaves take around 12 months to rot down so by next autumn you’ll have a supply of ready made leaf mould to use for mulching, or to bulk up soil and compost.
- Clear Autumn Leaves
Do you love your autumn leaves? …or hate the mess they make? It seems gardeners are divided on that one! As a kid, autumn was a favourite time of the year; one of the compensations for going back to school was jumping on a crisp pile of leaves and waiting for that satisfying ‘crunch’ underfoot. I still love the colours on the trees, but when the leaves fall and it rains, I hate the resulting slippery mess. But of course, it’s exactly this rotting down process that makes leaf collecting such a worthwhile job.
- Autumn Lawn care
As well as mowing the grass when necessary, the main autumn lawn jobs are to rake out all the dead grass and thatch,(known as scarifying), and aerating the roots to improve drainage and deter moss. Once you’ve scarified and aerated the lawn you can top dress with lawn sand.
- How to Plant Bare root Roses
Bare root roses are great value, and now is one of the best times to plant them. Follow our easy steps to success.
- Plant Dormant Bare root Perennials
Just like us, plants are ready for a good long rest come the close of the year. Although we may feel the cold underground the soil is still relatively warm so it’s the ideal time to plant dormant bare root perennials.
- Autumn Planting vegetables
Autumn planting vegetables such as hardy peas and broad beans will crop early next summer, several weeks ahead of the spring sown crops. Winter lettuce and salad leaves will keep going throughout winter if you give them some protection with fleece or cloches.