Autumn is upon us and with it a slightly slower pace of gardening compared to the activity of Spring and Summer, this means if we are lucky enough to have a late spell of warm sunny weather then we may actually have time to enjoy it!

Seed collecting

If you wish to, collect seeds from your summer-flowering plants, storing them in labelled paper envelopes or small paper bags.

Water features

If you have a water feature or pond, cover it with netting to prevent Autumnal leaves collecting and clogging the water.


Mow when the grass is dry enough and apply a general lawn feed which will green up your grass if needed. If you have dead patches or thatch in your lawn this can be scarified or raked out and you can spike the lawn with a garden fork to let more air to the roots of the grass. Regular mowing will also help collect the early Autumnal leaf fall.


Continue to enjoy the rewards of your hard work, pick your vegetables and late-fruiting raspberries and blackberries. Dig up any remaining potatoes, otherwise they will be destroyed by slugs.

Bulb Planting

While the soil is damp and warm, now is the time to start planting up your spring bulbs (except tulips, which should be planted later – in November).


Continue to dead-head as flowers fade and tie in new shoots on climbers.

Tidying up

Fallen leaves are an important organic resource, so try not to put them all in your brown bin.

You can put them in black bin bags or create a separate pile next to the compost heap to make leaf mould which will be perfect for conditioning your soil October.