With only a few months' training under her belt, GardenSite's own Flori Bosnigeanu took part in this year's Great Birmingham Run, raising over £500 for the city's Children's Hospital.
There's still plenty to do in the garden during November, and Nathan James Dodd explains why a visit to our online Autumn Gardening Shop may be very worthwhile.
Look outside and no doubt your lawn will appear tired after a long summer and covered in leaves from overhanging trees.
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 and Block Paving 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.
Nathan James Dodd
Robert Hall, senior partner at GardenSite.co.uk has been elected to sit on the Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA) Judging Panel for 2017. The news was announced on 31st March 2017 on the GIMA website.
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