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The days are glorious with the autumn colour but it's cooler and the days are getting shorter. It's a sign that you should start preparing your garden for the winter months.

  • It’s now time to plant  your spring bulbs. Add bulbs to existing beds to fill in any gaps and they will also add colour in late winter and spring.
  • Plant out your spring bedding, including wallflowers, pansies and forget-me-nots.
  • Collect any fallen leaves from under rose pobushes to prevent them from carrying any diseases over to next year.
  • Cut back any perennials which have died down.
Fruit and Veg
  • Plant out autumn onion sets and garlic.
Around the Garden
  • Make sure and feed the birds. Peanuts are the most popular food for wild but you can also put fruit and seeds in the feeder to vary their diet and attract different species.
  • Top Tip – If you have a vegetable garden place a bird table or feeders near it so the birds can also eat any slugs and bugs that come near you crops. The birds will benefit from the creepy crawlies and you won’t have to use any chemicals on your vegetables.
  • Don’t burn your leaves in Autumn as this contributes to pollution. Instead, add them to a compost heap where they can biodegrade and enhance your soil in years to come.
  • Move tender plants into the greenhouse and try avoid the temptation to cut back any 
    of the ones you are planning to leave in the ground over winter.
  • Tie in any climbers to prevent potential damage in the winter winds – remember to check all your current tree ties and plant supports to make sure they are still secure.
  • Remove any saucers you may have under pots to prevent frost damage. 
  • Mow lawns and trim hedges for the last time this year – remember to empty your 
    tools of fuel before storing them away for the winter months