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Love your conifers

Love your conifers for National Conifer Week this week – a perfect chance to get to know this wonderfully diverse yet often misunderstood group of plants.

You'll probably find at least one conifer in your own garden – a recent poll carried out by the Horticultural Trades Association found almost a third of garden owners had one. And no wonder: easy to care for and fitting in anywhere in the garden, they...

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Stake taller asters

Stake taller asters as they're top heavy in full flower and very vulnerable to being knocked over by the heavy rain and gusty winds of autumn. A little extra support at this time of year does wonders to keep your clumps perky and upright.

You can use all kinds of material to stake your plants but try to make them as unobtrusive as possible. Something as simple as whippy offcuts from summer shrub pruning...

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Bring out your apples!

Bring out your apples! There are apple days happening all over Ireland this autumn and it's a great chance to find out what that mystery variety growing in your garden is, as well as sampling different apples and discovering more about them.

Apples have been part of Irish history since mediaeval times: over 70 distinctively Irish varieties are still grown today, with such memorable names as 'Lady's Finger of Offaly', 'Maiden's Blush' and 'Blo...

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Protect ponds with netting

Protect ponds with netting before the autumn leaves start to fall, as these are the kiss of death for your pond's ecological balance. As leaves rot into the water they release nutrients and encourage algae, as well as creating nasty sludge.

Start by pulling dead and dying foliage from aquatic and marginal plants so the pond's surface is clear. While you're at it, rake out at least a third of your oxygenating plants as t...

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Enjoy your autumn raspberries

Enjoy your autumn raspberries to the full as they'll be pumping out the berries by now. If you aren't enjoying these wonderful, easy-to-care-for fruits make a note to buy some this winter: bare-rooted canes come into our garden centre in midwinter in bundles for immediate planting. Choose from dozens of varieties including the ever-reliable 'Autumn Bliss', sweet, yellow-fruited 'Allgold' and high-yielding 'Polka'.

Even...

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The World Flower Show 2014 is coming to Dublin

The World Flower Show 2014 is coming to Dublin next June and for four wonderful days the city will be filled with the scents and dazzling displays of thousands of floral arrangements. It's the first time this world-famous show has come to Ireland and it's a fantastic chance to see the work of 600 leading floral artists from 31 different countries.

If you garden, chances are you occasionally bring a few...

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Lift and divide perennials

Lift and divide perennials this month to thin out overcrowded clumps and keep your plants youthful and healthy. It's a great time of year to do it, as the plants are starting to slow down for winter so you won't check their growth by splitting them, and there's still warmth and moisture in the soil.

Most clump-forming perennials, like crocosmia, daylilies, epimediums and bergenia, get a little crowded a...

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Plan it, plant it this autumn

Plan it, plant it this autumn – it's by far the best time to get new trees, shrubs and perennials into the ground. The warmth from the summer still lingers to encourage them to grow plenty of roots and settle in well before the cold weather comes; and good root systems mean better drought resistance and strong, healthy growth which shrugs off pests and diseases more easily.

Fruit trees and bushes plante...

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What to do in the garden in September:

What to do in the garden in September:

This is one of the most rewarding months of the year, with apples and pears fruiting abundantly, brilliantly colourful autumn flowers and the weather often better than what we optimistically call 'summer'! Make the most of it with our jobs this month:

General tasks:

Plant new trees and shrubs as there's still warmth in the ground and moisture in the air, so...

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