We have recently been undertaking a variety of tree works at Farley Farms, as well as dealing with an emergency For Bracknell Town Council when a Willow Tree fell down. Also our latest investment of machinery… Never a dull moment
Handy hints and tips for jobs to do in the garden this month
It’s time for fireworks and sparklers, but does your garden explode with colour?
If autumn is a damp squib in your garden, now is the time to plan ahead for 2015. Often gardeners use acers for colour. These popular trees shrubs come in all sizes, right down to just a few feet high. They all need shelter and prefer acidic soil. A tree that will work a bit harder through the year is a crab apple. With blossom in the spring and coloured ‘Christmas bauble’ fruits that hold on well into November, crab apples are tougher than acers and fun to grow. Consider Evereste or Golden Hornet.
Make a plan
November can be a dreary, wet month. Often the best thing to do with it is curl up with a coffee and look at the gardening catalogues. They are full of inspiration and give you the fun of having plants and bulbs delivered at different times through the season, often when you have forgotten what you ordered!
Plant a blazing pot
Your garden can seem like a distant memory in November, when it is best to keep off wet lawns and soil to avoid compacting the surface and damaging soil structure. To bring cheering plants nearer to your front door, plant a pot for colour and scent and enjoy it each time you leave and return to the house. Dogwood stems range in colour from yellow, through lime greens, bright orange and deep reds. These shrubs do well in pots. Midwinter Fire is a popular choice. Combine stems of red and orange dogwoods with black grass, Othiopogon, and you will have your own bonfire of colour. Add sparkle with the white, highly scented flowers of a Sarcococca and spring won’t seem so far away. You could go one step further and add tiny solar lamp stars to your pot to add more light to the dark days of early winter.
Have a bonfire
The leaves will all come down this month. If you have room to store them for leaf mulch next year it is worth it. Just pile them up and leave them to rot out of the wind or in black plastic bags with holes jabbed at the base. No room to store leaves? Add them to a bonfire and enjoy the sight and scent of them as they blaze up. Don’t forget to check for hedgehogs in any debris you burn.
Once the leaves have fallen, the framework of your garden will be exposed and you might start dreaming of bigger projects that need earth moving and specialist equipment. Please ask us for advice about any structural garden project; we are always happy to help.
In the vegetable patch keep harvesting greens and start enjoying those Brussels sprouts. You will be able to eat freshly dug parsnips too. These are best once there has been a frost as the cold changes the cell structure and gives a sweeter taste. Keep your greenhouse clean to help protect any over-wintering plants stored inside.
Grow your own toffee apples…
Consider planting a Cercidiphyllum japonicum. This unusual tree is easy to grow. Heart shaped leaves turn red and orange in autumn. As the leaves fall, the air around the tree is filled with the surprising scent of hot toffee.
- Keep bird feeders clean and topped up with fresh water
- Plan a winter garden
- Read catalogues, plan your 2015 vegetable patch and order seed
- Store leaves for mulch
- Check gutters to avoid spoiling beds below
- Lift and store dahlias after they are properly frost-blackened
- Plant a pot for seasonal colour