8. Check over your pot plants. If some have been growing in the same pot for years, they will benefit from repotting with fresh soil. Tip them out, tease open all the roots and give them a light trim if needed and then repot with fresh potting mix that has fertilisers already mixed in. Depending on how vigorous the plant is, you may need to repot into a larger size pot. It should be pretty easy to work that out based on how dense the roots are in the old pot. If it looks like they have taken over and not much soil left, you definitely need to repot into a bigger one.
9. If you have Clivias, Agapanthus, Liriopes, Mondo Grass in your garden, it is the right time to be dividing these up. You could replant some of them in other spots, or give them away to friends and neighbours. I’ve also seen people sell them on Facebook Marketplace to locals.
10. Indoor plants may start getting brown edges on leaves as you start to change the heating in the house. Remember there is no such thing as an indoor plant. Only plants that cope with being inside because they grow in low light conditions. Use a spray mister to wet the leaves of your indoor plants when you have the air conditioner or heaters on. Any plants near the fireplace will need to be moved to another location over winter. If you live in a cold area, frosts can damage plants through windows so you may need to move them away from the glass.
11. Check over plants, particularly hedges for insect damage. Shell like lumps on the leaves will be scale and can spread throughout the whole hedge and lead to the deterioration of the plant. Treat by spraying White Oil in the mornings on cooler days.
12. Mothers Day Flowers will be on sale, but rather than buy a bunch that only lasts a week, get a Chrysanthemum plant instead. The flowers will last for a lot longer and you can have it displayed indoors or outside.
13. Lawn growth will start to slow down and to keep your lawn healthy you want to mow it on a higher settings during the cooler months.
14. Snails and Slugs will be active with the wetter weather. Snail baits are effective, but they can end up poisoning birds and blue tongue lizards who eat the snails. Better to remove the snails by hand at night with a torch, or use a beer snail trap. They love beer, get drunk and die very happy.