GARDEN TIPS - 07/09/18



Now’s the time to be thinking about what fruit you might want to grow in your garden next year. Fruit trees, bushes and canes need go in the ground between October and January, to give them the best chance of developing well during the fruiting season.

We’ve selected a complementary group of apple trees to suit most local garden spaces and the typical soil structure around this part of the world. They’re all tasty varieties that will pollenate each other, or self-pollenate in some cases.

We also have a range of berry bushes and other fruit trees (including Blackcurrant, Blueberry, Peach, Kiwi, Fig and Plum, for example) on their way, so look out for information on these in upcoming blogs.

In the mean time, take a look at the range of Raspberry canes we already have due in this October HERE. There’s a little information on each, which we hope will help you decide what to go for.


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As we’re sure you know, it’s been the warmest summer since 1976 here in the UK - and the outlook for the next couple of weeks here in London and the South East is continuing mild weather. In terms of bulb planting, that means the best time to be getting them in the ground for flowering next spring/summer is from around now until mid-October.

Lancasters’ Senior Buyer is off to meet our specialist bulb supplier in a few days. We’ve put together a list of what we think are some really exciting varieties, so look out for information in the next couple of weeks on what we’ve managed to reserve and how to buy.

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  • Continue to water and dead-head hanging baskets, pots and planters, but reduce feeding from now on.

  • Prune shrubs cutting out dead, diseased, dying or crossing branches.

  • Clip hedges, including box, yew, laurel and beech. Do bear in mind that if your trees or shrubs carry berries, like verbena, holly or firethorn, then maybe leave the pruning of these until the spring, so that garden birds have a food source during the winter.

  • Cut down any wild flower patches or rough grass areas using a rotary mower set on its highest setting for the first cut, lowering the blades for subsequent cuts. Remove the clippings and put them on the compost heap, wild flowers typically like poor soil, leaving the clippings will enrich the soil and thus make it harder for the wild flowers to compete with grasses.

  • Tidy and cut back perennials. Now is also a great time to divide and plant new perennials for next year, while the soil is still warm. Make sure you water in well.

  • With wetter weather arriving this month, it's the ideal time to order trees and shrubs. They will grow more vigorously next spring if you get them in the ground this autumn.

  • Prune climbing roses and rambling roses once they've finished flowering (unless they are repeat-flowering, in which case leave them).

  • Plan where you are going to plant spring flowering bulbs. Bulbs are lifted by commercial growers in late summer/early autumn and are full of moisture and sugars. The longer they’re out of the ground the more they will start to dehydrate and use stored sugars, so get them into pots or in the ground as soon as possible after you buy them. We have some really interesting varieties coming in the next couple of weeks, so look out for information on when and how to buy!

  • Azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias set their buds now. If they are being grown in pots or containers, make sure they get plenty of water using rainwater at least once a week.

  • Perennial weeds are more vulnerable to weedkillers in the autumn, so use a glyphosate-based weedkiller to kill both leaves and roots.

  • Start to reduce the frequency of houseplant watering.

  • Lamb's lettuce is a fully hardy crop which can be sown outdoors now for cropping throughout the autumn and winter. There’s also still time to get another crop of Lettuce and Pak Choi, if you sow now.


As  usual, feel free to contact us with any questions you need answered.

Have a great week,