Monty Don shares ‘effective’ method to treat ‘slippery’ paths

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Gardeners’ World lead host Monty Don joined viewers from Longmeadow on the latest episode of the BBC hit show. During the episode, he planted mahonias for winter colour and scent and shared how to take salvia cuttings.

At the end of the programme, the 67-year-old shared which tasks gardeners should be getting on with this week.

One of the jobs included making paths and patios less “slippery”.

Treat slippery paths

Monty said: “As we go into autumn, stone and brick paths can get slippery and very dangerous.

“A simple way of dealing with this is to get some sharp sand, which you can get from a builder’s merchant, sprinkle a little – you don’t need a lot – onto the path.

“Using a stiff yard broom, scour it back and forth, and this will act as an abrasive and make them much safer and be effective for quite a few weeks at a time.”

Gardeners can also dislodge any moss from between paving by slipping a sharp knife between any cracks.

Removing the moss should make the pathways less slippery. A pressure washer can also be used to remove any algae and moss.

Move forget-me-not seedlings

Forget-me-nots flower from April to June producing delicate blue blooms.

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These plants like moist, well-drained soil in a sunny or shady spot often with other plants.

Forget-me-not seeds will have been sown in September and will now be seedlings. These need to be moved if you don’t like them spreading.

Monty explained: “Forget-me-nots have a habit of seeding themselves across borders.

“This may be the effect you want, but now is a good time to take clumps and redistribute them, so that you have a more even spread and a better display next May.”

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Make comfrey feed

Comfrey is high in nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium which makes it perfect for most plants.

Making comfrey feed is a job to prepare you for next spring.

Monty said: “There are lots of fresh comfrey leaves in the garden now, but they will soon disappear and won’t grow again until next spring which means that if you want to make a comfrey feed that may not be ready until June.

“However, if you gather leaves now, cram them into a bucket, as many as you can, chop them up a bit, and then top that up with water, that will give you the material for a good comfrey feed that you can use as soon as plants start to grow early next spring.”

Monty also introduced a special new addition to Longmeadow in the latest episode of Gardeners’ World.

The gardening expert has recently been sharing photos of his new Golden Retriever puppy, Ned.

Ned will be Monty’s other dogs, Golden Retriever Nell and Yorkshire Terrier, Patti.

Also on Gardeners’ World, Toby Buckland visited an allotment in Bristol to find out how gardening is helping to improve the quality of life for people with dementia and their carers.

Meanwhile, Advolly Richmond explored the origins of the historic Japanese Garden at Cowden in Clackmannanshire.

Gardeners’ World is available to stream on BBC iPlayer.

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