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.