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Gardening expert reveals October tips

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As winter looms, gardeners need to keep an eye on their plants and various flowers - which could succumb to frost.

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As winter looms, gardeners need to keep an eye on their plants and various flowers - which could succumb to frost. That's according to Dan Pearson, writing for guardian.co.uk, who suggests that frost will be 'fingering its way into the cooler parts of the country' very soon. Consequently, gardeners need to protect their natural investments by moving plants under cover to avoid the cold. In addition, grass and contemporary garden buildings need to be protected from falling leaves and other natural objects. "Rake foliage from the lawn as it browns to prevent the grass from suffering in darkness, and store leaf mould separately from compost if you can," he advised. "Black bin liners are ideal for making leaf mould, but they must be punctured if they are not to become anaerobic and "sour". Leaf mould is a deluxe soil improver, as it drains freely while retaining moisture." While foliage on the grass could prove to be a bugbear for gardeners, leaves on the garden bed are much healthier for the soil. "Leave fallen leaves in the bed," he added, "where they will protect the earth and be pulled to ground by earthworms to compost in situ, but clear away from Mediterranean plants that like free air flow." Another expert, Judy Hedding, recommend not over-watering grass during October, as the soil needs to dry out between watering, about.com reports.

Author:

Ashley Curtis

2nd October 2012