Autumn (September, October, November)
- Plant autumnal shrubs and plants while the soil is still warm, any rain will help the plants become established.
- Plant bulbs (Iris, Tulips, Crocus, Daffodils) to add colour to the garden in Spring.
- Prune late-flowering shrubs, but avoid pruning spring-flowering shrubs such as Azaleas and Rhododendrons.
- Rake up falling leaves.
- Scarify, aerate and feed your lawn, reseeding if need be.
- Compost! In 18 months’ time you’ll have a rich mulch to add to your soil.
- If you have a pond, cover with netting to keep it clear of falling leaves.
- Keep clearing leaves, especially from your lawn.
- Continue to treat your lawns.
- If you need to mow your lawn raise the mower blades to avoid cutting the grass too short.
- Cut back tall shrubs such as Buddleia by at least half. This will help avoid wind damage and encourage healthy regrowth.
- Prune back climbing roses.
- Divide and replant perennials as they die back.
- Plant trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants.
- Plant up pots with spring-flowering bulbs.
- Keep raking lawns to remove fallen leaves.
- Check tree ties and stakes to ensure there is room for next season’s growth.
- Tie up climbers to protect them from wind damage.
- Remove fallen leaves that have collected on top of perennials to avoid attracting slugs and snails.
- Insulate your greenhouse and install heaters.
- Plant up winter containers.