Although we had some warmer days over September, the autumn is now definitely here for real, and it feels colder. It’s a beautiful time of year, with the trees changing colour. Sometimes, it may seem pointless raking, when the wind blows even more leaves onto the lawn, but just think of all the lovely leafmould you can make! It’s also time to start preparing for frosts.

Jobs this month

Separate rhubarb crowns

Cut back perennials that have died down

Divide herbaceous perennials

Move tender plants, including aquatic ones, into a greenhouse or conservatory

Plant out spring cabbages

Harvest apples, pears, grapes and nuts

Prune climbing roses

Finish collecting seeds from the garden to sow next year

Last chance to mow lawns and trim hedges in mild areas