Start moving tender plants such as fuchsias, geraniums and non-frost hardy herbs into the greenhouse

Clear fallen leaves on a weekly basis

Raise containers to prevent frost damage

Encourage winter birds to your garden by leaving out bird food

Check bonfires before lighting to make sure no wildlife is sheltering inside

Add any faded bedding plants to the compost heap

Prune fruit trees and bushes whilst dormant to encourage fruiting next year

Repair fences and trellises now they are becoming free of foliage

Wrap hessian around exposed plant pots to protect the roots from cold temperatures

Put waterproof covers over outdoor furniture