First frosts and gorgeous autumnal colours signal the beginning of October. The best time to straighten up and prune back in the garden is on clear, sunny days. There are still plenty of fruit and vegetables to harvest and stockpile for the upcoming chilly winter months. Typically, this season sees a lot of leaf-fall and while you may leave them on borders – they can be very slick on walkways and other hard surfaces, particularly when it’s raining, so it’s better to gather them right away. By mowing over the leaves with a lawnmower, you can remove them off your lawn easily.
- Clear any fallen leaves regularly.
- Cut back perennials.
- Divide herbaceous perennials and rhubarb crowns.
- Move tender plants into the greenhouse.
- Plant out spring cabbages.
- Prune climbing roses.
- Select seeds for next year.
- Mow lawn for the last time.
- Trim any hedges that need trimming.