This is a lovely month with the trees starting to change colour, but the temperatures are dropping and the nights are drawing in, so get as many jobs done in the garden before it gets too cold.
Wallflowers can be planted now, providing foliage ground cover all winter, and fragrance and colour next spring.
Continue planting spring flowering bulbs. Cut back herbaceous perennials that have died down. Split and divide older clumps of overgrown perennials.
Prune climbing and rambling roses now and tie in stems to prevent damage in high winds.
Avoid feeding plants late in the season as this will encourage soft sappy growth that is more vulnerable to damage by frosts.
Cut back asparagus foliage as it yellows and dies.
Harvest pumpkins and squashes when the stalks are dry and brown and when the fruit is hollow when tapped. Plant autumn onion sets and garlic.
Apply grease bands to fruit trees to protect them from winter moth. Apply autumn lawn feed and regularly rake and clear fallen leaves.
Clean bird baths and replenish bird feeders. Leave small leaf piles in a corner of the garden for hibernating mammals.
Flowering ivy is a great late source of nectar and pollen for insects.
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