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- Prepare for Autumn Planting
If you’ve cleared some space in the borders it’s a good time to prepare the soil for autumn planting. Shrubs, trees, hedging plants and new roses are all entering their dormant period and next month sees the start of the busy planting season for these permanent plants. It's also prime bulb planting time so it makes sense to get the soil ready NOW, as soon as spaces appear.
- How to control garden pests
This year has been one of the worst I can remember for slugs and snails! These pests have become mammoth creatures in my garden; and that is just the ones I can see above ground; I’m guessing that the black keel slugs that live beneath the soil are just as prolific! Other pests such as aphids, thrips and cutworm have been equally prevalent. Caterpillars have had a field day with the young nasturtium leaves; a so far unidentified pest has reduced my raspberry leaves to skeletons and vine weevils have chewed notches out of the heucheras too. In common with many gardeners, controlling these pests has become my number one priority!