What to do in the garden in October

Traditionally October is a time for clearing the garden, removing the remains of summer blooms, putting protection in place for winter, and preparing for next spring. With the clocks changing and first frosts not too far off, here are our tips to make the most of your autumnal garden. leaves.jpg

Gardens are transformed throughout October with autumnal colours creeping in. This is a thing of beauty with a new colour palette appearing in the garden, but it also means one downside for gardeners – leaf fall!

Fallen leaves, if left unattended, can cause problems for lawns. They can prevent sunlight getting to the lawn, preventing healthy growth. They can also bring disease because of the bacteria that grows amongst them. However, this is easily conquered by clearing the leaves. Regular and often is the best way to keep on top of this. The Cobra range of leaf blowers makes this task incredibly easy, particularly with the BV26C petrol powered model as it also has a vac function which sucks up the leaves once collected. We encourage you to use the leaves for leaf mould and compost, ready for next spring.

BV26C.jpgIt’s not too late for mowing either! Once you’ve cleared the leaves off there’s nothing to stop you from maintaining your healthy lawn. At this time of year, it’s usually time to start considering when your final mow will be, but the mixed summer weather that we’ve had has meant the last mow date is being pushed back so keep on mowing!

Now is a good time to give you lawn some TLC before the winter sets it – consider an autumn lawn feed to stimulate good root growth and combine this with aeration (using the Cobra S32E) to prevent water logging and soil compaction. Spend time focussing on the edges too, as you’ll thank yourself later in the depths of winter when you can still access paths without slipping!

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When the last mow does come remember to store your equipment properly. Clean it up and keep it protected, particularly petrol powered equipment, to ensure it all starts properly next season. For further advice, and an end of season service, visit your local Cobra dealer.

Don’t forget as well to protect your plants from the cold! It’s also a good time to plant spring bedding plants and bulbs reading for a beautiful bloom next year.

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