Instantly Impressive Ideas- October

1. October Species

Our species of the month is the native species Taxus Bacatta, also known as Yew.

English Yew Hedge (Taxus baccata) is the classic British conifer hedge plant, called the King of Hedges. Yew is a dense, dark, evergreen species with bright green spring growth and autumnal red fruits which are much sought after by birds but harmful to humans, pets and livestock. It is often thought to be very slow growing but actually normally grows by 30/40cm pa so not as slow as many people think – but once it reaches its desired height, its easy to maintain.

2. Gardening Advice

Root ball hedging becomes available this month and there’s still time to pre-order bare roots, ready to plant next month – both of these root types are a great cost-effective option if you’ve got a big planting project in mind. Autumn soil is warm and moist providing the ideal conditions for planting, so get your pot grown shrubs in the ground now.If the weather is fairly mild this month, you can still trim your deciduous hedges to make sure they look neat and tidy over winter.

With any newly planted hedges such as BeechHornbeam and Privet, if you start to notice any weak specimens, cut these back to about 20cm to encourage strong new growth and the hedge to fill out around the base.

If you want to introduce some colour into your garden that will last throughout the winter, plant a Skimmia Japonica shrub now. The polished foliage and glowing red and pink buds will add interest right through until spring when white flowers will appear.

Many garden jobs are about preparation and this month is no different. Improve the quality of your soil now by digging in compost, well-rotted organic matter and manure to replace any nutrients and minerals that have been lost. This will stand you in good stead for planting both during the dormant period and next year.

You should notice that the growth of your lawn is beginning to slow now that autumn has arrived, so it will soon be time to give the lawn one last cut before winter. However, if the weather is mild, you can continue to mow for now but ensure you increase the height of your mower.

3. Garden Design

Well with it being the month of the spirits- we have to say this months garden inspiration is Halloween inspired! Take a look at some of these amazing Halloween displays for some spooky inspiration…

4. Events

5. Impact Plants Story For The Month

A new project has armed young people with wildflower seedballs to help revive bees and encourage interest in environmental issues

Families across the UK are set to plant some 15 million wildflower seeds in the coming weeks, in a new drive to support and grow bee populations across the country. Since July, more than 330,000 seedballs have been given out to families via branches of Iceland supermarket and The Food Warehouse, as part of the Backyard Nature campaign.

The project is the brainchild of a Liverpool-based group of young activists, the Eco Emeralds, who wanted to help stop the decline of bees in the UK. It was launched by Semble, a platform for community projects.

According to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, 97 per cent of the UK’s wildflower meadows have disappeared in the last 80 years, leaving bees with less to eat.

Mark Shearer, co-founder of Semble explained: “At its core, Backyard Nature is about inspiring young environmentalists to get their hands dirty and start to engage directly with accessible nature activities. Having thousands of ‘Backyard Nature Guardians’ come together to plant 15 million wildflower seeds will create a real environmental impact across the UK.”

The campaign is being backed by funding from Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation and supported by groups including the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, The Wildlife Trusts, The National Trust and WWF as well as family activity app, Hoop.

Story taken from positive.news

Image: Christine Wehrmeier

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