Top ten autumn gardening tips from Gary Long, Head Gardener at Trewithen

  1. Clear up fallen leaves - especially from lawns, ponds and flower beds, add to compost heap or put in black bags, leave for 12 months to make leaf mould (excellent for adding nutrients as a mulch).
  2. Raise containers onto pot feet to prevent water logging or if possible bring into un-heated greenhouse/conservatory.
  3. Plant bulbs for a spring display next year, you will be rewarded next year with the extra burst of colour.
  4. Prune roses to prevent wind-rock, ideally to a third of their height even if still in flower (use the flowers in the house/give to your wife!)
  5. Plant out winter bedding if soil isn’t too wet.
  6. Insulate outdoor containers from frost - bubble wrap works well, fleece or again if possible move pots to a frost free area or greenhouse.
  7. Put out bird food to encourage winter birds into the garden.
  8. Trim deciduous hedges such as beech. The juvenile foliage will turn brown and remain on the hedge all winter creating a good screen.
  9. Raise the height of your lawn mower, grass will be growing slower.
  10. Use a seasonal bonfire - where this is allowed - to dispose of excess debris unfit for composting.

For more information about Trewithen visit www.trewithengardens.co.uk

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Upcoming Events

  • The Garden House in Buckland Monachorum invites you to enjoy an early taste of spring

    Whilst the chill winds and lashing rain of mid-winter do their worst out there, let us cheer ourselves up.

    The Garden House, Devon invites you to discover its sumptuous collection of snowdrops and enjoy the early signs of spring between 11am and 3pm on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th January, and every weekend during February (when its tea-room also reopens). The snowdrops - amassed by co-author of Snowdrops: A monograph of cultivated galanthus, Matt Bishop - are displayed and labelled in herbaceous borders and naturalised with other early flowering bulbs throughout the ten acre, sheltered garden that is maintained and developed by The Fortescue Garden Trust.

    Adults: £5. Children Free. For further information, visit www.thegardenhouse.org.uk

  • Lecture

    7.30pm - The Alverton, Tregolls Road, Truro

    Andy McIndoe - The Creative Shrub Garden

    Andy has more than 40 years' experience in retail and production horticulture. He has been responsible for 25 consecutive Gold Medal winning exhibits at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for Hilliers Nursery where he was Managing Director. Andy's special interests include hardy shrubs, trees, herbaceous perennials, flower bulbs and garden design. He was awarded the prestigious Veitch Memorial Medal by the RHS in 2017 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the science and practice of horticulture.