• Plant spring bulbs and bedding; wallflowers, forget me nots, bellis, primulas, violas, pansies
  • Take advantage of the warm, moist soil to plant out new herbaceous perennials
  • October is an ideal time for moving and planting trees, shrubs and climbers, as well as for hedge planting!
  • Plant out spring cabbages and winter kale
  • Clear falling leaves on a regular basis – they can be composted to make leafmould.
  • Cut back all perennials that have died down
  • Divide herbaceous perennials and rhubarb crowns
  • Move tender plants into your conservatory or greenhouse
  • Prune climbing roses
  • Wait for the first frost to hit dahlias and cannas before lifting the tubers or rhizomes.
  • Maintain alpines by removing fallen leaves and covering with extra grit to encourage more growth
  • Shrubs such as Buddleja davidii, Cornus alba, and Lavatera can be cut back by half now.