Bring some cuttings in from the cold

As the nights draw in with the clocks changing on October 30, our limited time spent in the garden needs to be put to good use.
There is still time to take cuttings from a variety of plants such as geraniums, fuchsia, petunias, to name but a few.
Not only will this save money but it is an insurance against loss if the parent plant does not survive the winter.
Tuberous bedding such as begonias can be lifted and stored until their next growing season.
Another beneficial task is to apply mulch around plants. Mulching insulates the roots, acting as a natural blanket that will protect the root system from frost. It will also suppress weed growth and add nutrients to the soil.
Now is the time to bring tender plants inside. Before doing so check for insects and treat if necessary.
Be sure to place them in a position that provides light and cut back on watering. Any plants that are too large to move inside can be wrapped with fleece or a suitable insulation to protect them from the frost.
Pots can be raised on to feet or bricks to avoid saturation. Check pots that may be at risk of cracking and insulate accordingly.
Faded herbaceous perennials, ornamental grasses and bamboos can be tidied at this time of year or alternatively the dead stems can be left as habitats for the wildlife in your garden.
Transplant trees and shrubs that may be growing in unsuitable positions. Ensure you keep the root ball intact.
Be aware that trees and shrubs that have been growing for a couple of years or more may now be too established to move.
If you haven’t already done so, clear out the greenhouse and get rid of any debris which could potentially harbour pest and diseases over the winter.
Once empty, clean and tidy it will be ready for your overwintering plants and cuttings.

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