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10 ways to perk up a tired garden

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10 ways to perk up a tired garden!

After a few months of hot sun gardens can begin to look tired and in need of some TLC! Here are a few tips to keep your garden spectacular for longer.

1) Give your soil a good boost by spreading fresh compost over all your planting areas, but not too near main stems of plants as it can cause rotting.

2) Feed liquid fertiliser to container plants and hanging baskets.

3) Deadhead and cut back any summer perennials that look tired in borders and containers.

4) Lightly prune evergreen shrubs, trees and climbers after flowering to encourage next seasons flowers.

5) Check out any gaps in the borders. Fill the spaces with coloured grasses, sedums, penstemons, salvias, gazanias, cosmos and echinacea, which will spread and provide extra interest to any border, plus masses of colour in the winter months.

6) Begin harvesting and preserving herbs for the winter. Chop mint, parsley, basil and lemon balm. Put separately in ice trays, fill with water and freeze. These can then be added to many dishes, including soups and casseroles. Oregano, marjoram, thyme, sage, bay and rosemary should be dried.

7) Sow beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, kale, leeks, lettuce, onions, peas, radish, Swiss chard and turnips in your veggie garden.

8) Cut back, lift and divide agapanthus, dietes and penstemon. Replant in freshly composted soil. Lightly fertilise to encourage them to flower in the autumn.

9) Flowering shrubs can also give extra colour to the garden and autumn is the best time for planting them, as the soil is warm and they can become established before winter sets in.

10) On a cool day move any shrubs that you feel are in the wrong place and replant in a more suitable area adding fertiliser to the soil and a mulch.

Welcome autumn with some amazing colour!

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