Late autumn and winter is the perfect time to plant fruit trees and, whatever sized garden you have, Martyn Loach thinks there's space for a tree if you choose carefully and manage correctly.
There's still plenty to do in the garden as the year draws to an end, and Martyn Loach explains why a visit to a garden centre or to an online retailer may be very worthwhile.
Look outside and no doubt your lawn and flower beds will appear tired after a long summer, so it's just the right time to visit our Autumn Gardening Shop.
Leaves are a valuable resource for gardeners, use leaf grabbers to collect them and then store in a black plastic bag. To make life easier an Autumn Garden Care Kit contains grabbers, sacks and a Bosmere bin bag loader. Poke some holes in the bag and, depending on the type of leaf, after about six months you'll have a wonderful mulch and soil conditioner.
The tired looking lawn can be rejuvenated with specialist autumn lawn care products. Don't be tempted to use spring lawn care as it will be nitrogen based to produce soft new growth. To survive cold winter weather your lawn needs the the phosphate and potash found in an autumn feed.
It's still not too late to plant tulip bulbs and the Yeoman Hand Bulb Planter might prove invaluable with its automatic soil release mechanism. Plant at least twice the bulb's depth in frost free soil.
Transporting anything around the garden at this time of the year will be much easier if you have a Bosmere Folding, or heavy duty Walsall Wheelbarrow with a pneumatic tyre. The latter will be delivered in a box to your door.
Afterwards, a traditional Stiff Brush or Patio Brush would be useful to clean any remaining leaves off the path.
Alternatively, a multi-purpose Garden Vacuum can suck both leaves and flood water. It can also be used to remove sludge and silt from your pond. A Pond Grabber will also prove convenient if you have to remove litter and debris.
Before the first frost don't forget to protect half-hardy plants with Fleece that's lightweight and easy to cut. It's porous and will also guard against bird and insect damage.
Finally, we didn't get much snow last year but you should be prepared with a Telescopic Snow Shovel that is easy to use and convenient to store or a Bosmere Red Snow Shovel. Both can be used for other jobs where a strong shovel is required.
Building a Hutch Company Starter Chicken Coop is easy by following the detailed instructions that are supplied, it is a practical design that uses excellent quality wooden panels and requires only a screwdriver for assembly.
With a view to introducing their impressive range of timber products to GardenSite, David Coton recently visited Churnet Valley Garden Furniture to look around their manufacturing facility.
GLEE is the garden retail industry's annual show, David Coton took the opportunity to visit this year's event at the NEC in Birmingham to catch up with the news, visit current and potential suppliers and evaluate new products we can offer on GardenSIte in the coming year.
With a La Hacienda chimenea or firepit providing light and heat whatever the thermometer says, David Coton discovers that you can continue savouring an outdoor lifestyle even in late summer and the cool of an autumn evening.