October sees us in the middle of Autumn and it produces a visually stunning effect with the deciduous trees changing colour prior to leaf fall. Even though it seems futile, resist the temptation to ignore the fallen leaves and rake them up regularly; they can be used to produce leaf mould, a valuable asset for all gardeners. It is also time to start thinking that an early frost may occur so start monitoring the local weather forecast to enable you to take action, if it is necessary.
- Rake up and retain the fallen leaves regularly.
- Cut back perennials whose season has ended.
- Divide herbaceous perennials and rhubarb crowns.
- Shelter tender plants to prevent the possibility of damage by early frosts.
- Plant out spring cabbage seedlings.
- Harvest fruits and nuts.
- Prune climbing roses.
- Final tidying of lawns and hedges before Winter.
- Turf can be laid to renovate old lawns or create new grassed areas for next year.