This month the days are closing in, and it can be distinctly chilly, but there is also beauty all around as the leaves start their autumn change, so now is the time to:
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.
Cut back asparagus foliage as it yellows and dies. Harvest pumpkins and squashes before the first frosts. Plant autumn onion sets and garlic. Apply grease bands to fruit trees to protect them from winter moth.
Regularly rake and clear fallen leaves off lawns. Complete scarifying, aeration and topdressing. This month is a good month for laying turf if it hasn’t turned too cold.
Net ponds to prevent autumn leaves falling in.