It may feel as though your garden is winding down, and after rushing to keep on top of everything over the summer you’re longing to put your feet up. But don’t rest on your laurels. Put some more work in now and you’ll reap the rewards next year.

  1. Start planting your trees, shrubs and climbers. This time of year is perfect as the ground won’t be too dry and hard, or too cold, for the vulnerable roots.
  2. Feed camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas with a high potash feed and you’ll get a fantastic display next year.
  3. Clear out your summer bedding plants.
  4. Cut back flowers of lavender.  A regular trim (rather than a prune) will keep the plants in good shape and prevent them going too ‘leggy’. And remember, never cut low into old wood.
  5. Divide overgrown perennials and you’ll be able to plant them in other parts of the garden.
  6. Now is the time to start planting spring flowering bulbs such as narcissus, crocus and tulips.
  7. Force hyacinths for Christmas.
  8. Plant autumn onion sets.
  9. Sow spring cabbages.
  10. Dig over heavy clay soil and apply composted bark or farm manure to improve drainage