Rake up fallen leaves‘Autumn….the years last, loveliest smile’ William Cullen Bryant

Autumn is time of year to prepare for winter and to plan for next year. Autumn is the perfect time to clean and tidy the garden. Cleaning out sheds and disinfecting the green house.


  • Plant spring flowering bulbs such as daffodils, snowdrops, bluebells and alliums. Get it out of the way in September.
  • Plant autumn flowering crocus.
  • Divide perennials such as ferns and hostas.
  • Harvest the last of your potatoes before the slugs get to them.
  • Plant winter flowering bedding such as pansies, violas and heather into pots and window boxes
  • Harvest autumn fruiting raspberries
  • Dead head and cut back leggy perennials from the summer


  • Plant out spring cabbage and broad bean seeds
  • Mow the lawn and cut the hedges for the last time
  • Lay a new lawn or repair patches with lawn seed
  • Protect tender plants with fleece or bring into a green house
  • Plant trees and shrubs
  • Harvest fruit such as apples and pears


  • Raise pots on to pot feet to prevent frost damage
  • Rake leaves off the lawn to prevent bare patches
  • Place grease bands on fruit tree to prevent winter moth damage
  • Plant out tulips for spring flowers
  • Plant Hyacinth, indoor Daffodils and Hippeastrums (Amaryllis) in the house