Leaves are now falling thick and fast. Keep collecting them to avoid damage to lawns from them blocking out light and to remove cover for slugs & snails on flower beds
Use the leaves to make valuable leaf mould (see September)
However, make sure you do not use leaves from rose bushes and fruit trees for leaf mould or compost, as that could serve to spread diseases such as black spot and scab. Instead, collecting and burning these leaves is an important way of combating such diseases.
Cardboard supermarket trays are useful for this, as they can be stacked and allow some circulation of air. Check regularly to remove bad apples before they affect the rest.
For deeply fissured bark the glue is best, as moths could just climb up gaps that might be left inside a grease band.
Put alpines somewhere sheltered from the worst of the rain – they do not mind the cold, providing they do not get too wet.
Wildlife in the garden
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