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Sunday 14th September



What To do This Week
You can really feel the autumnal nip in the air on some days, but luckily we are still a few weeks away from frost. This week the thermometer in my garden showed a maximum of 21c and a low of 11c. The grass is still growing and this is the time to fertilize the lawn with an Autumnal Feed. At this time of the year we want to encourage roots rather than shoots so a fertilizer high in phosphates is best but don’t worry just go to your garden centre/supermarket and but an Autumn Feed. They usually contain moss killer as well.
 
You can also prepare your bare patches in the lawn for either turf or seed.
 
Fallen fruits should be raked up and put in the compost heap.
 
Keep watering outdoor container plants as these will still dry out in cloudy weather.
 
Slugs are still active so keep putting down either a propriety slug killer or other deterrents.
 
Have you succumbed to the pressure of buying the more “tropical” container grown plants for the summer? Well now’s the time to think about what you are going to do with them in the winter. Either bring them indoors or protect them outside by covering them with a special cover made from fleece or Hessian or buy a role of fleece and make your own cover. (much cheaper)
 
At a time when our summer bedding is looking its best it is time to be thinking of winter bedding. Wallflowers, Pansies, Tulips etc. Most garden centres will have stock now.
 
Question This Week:-
 
~Kim writes from Pilgrims Hatch – “ I have been abroad for the last two years and the tiny Eucalyptus I planted is now quiet big. What can do with it?
 
Your Eucalyptus is about 7m high. They are difficult to “thin out” and the only thing we can do with them if you want to reduce their height is either to cut them to the ground and let them re-shoot or cut them at 2m high and treat them as a pollarded tree.
 
~Ian writes from Harold Hill - Dahlias! Can I get away without lifting them in Brentwood? (raised bed at the front of the house, with good drainage and filled with (expensive) top soil)
Traditionally Dahlias are lifted after the first frosts, put in a frost free place and brought out again after the last frost. I left a Dahlia outside In a pot last year and managed to loose it to the horror of my wife whose Dahlia it was!  You take a chance if you leave it in the ground. If we have a mild winter and a dry winter you might be lucky but my advice woud be to dig them up and store in a frost free garage or shed, especially if they are your wife’s favourite flower!
 
 
Happy Gardening and see you next week.


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