Lawns, paths and drives
- Weeds on drives and paths may need treating again. Use Weedol Pathclear or something similar. It works for up to 3 - 6 months, depending on the type of weed.
- Let the grass on your lawn grow longer. This is not an excuse to mothball the mower until next spring, but rather a good ploy to get through dry periods without having to use as much water to keep the lawn looking green. Raise the mower blades to about two inches and reduce cutting frequency.
- Cut the lawn edges regularly; this week might be an ideal time to use an edging iron to straighten them out. The insertion of a plastic or metal edging strip will support the edges. If floppy plants make cutting close to the borders difficult, it could be worth laying a line of decorative paving for them to lie on. You can also buy very effective plant supports.
Hardy perennial plants
- Regularly remove dead flowers from dahlias to ensure that they keep blooming until the first frost of autumn.
- Nip the fruits off fuchsia to encourage them to keep flowering. The fruits are edible, but I find the blooms more attractive!
Home grown food - pests
- If you would rather not cover your vegetables to keep pests off, try regular sprays of diluted garlic.
- Watch out for red spider mites on greenhouse plants. Symptoms include pale speckles appearing on the shoot tips, webbing and tiny insects just visible to the naked eye. Introduce predatory mites as soon as you see this troublesome pest.
- Pot up a few roots of garden mint. Kept inside you will get fresh mint well into winter.