As the days shorten and the air gets a chill, your garden is beginning to slow down for a well-earned rest.
The gardening year is now starting to wind down, and plants are beginning to reward us with the jewel like colours of their autumn leaves.
But that doesn't mean an end to the gardening – there's still plenty of fun to be had tending to your garden and jobs completed now will help ensure your plants wake up healthy and strong in spring.
Our handy checklist below will help you to make sure you've taken care of all those October jobs.
Tidy borders lightly, clearing weeds and cutting down flower stems
Compost all green rubbish generated by clearing the garden. Don’t put woody material on the compost heap unless they are put through a shredder and never put the roots of perennial weeds into your compost bin
Make a new lawn by laying turf
Reduce the frequency of mowing and clear piles of dead leaves from the lawn to stop the grass turning yellow
Carry out autumn lawn care if you haven’t done it yet
Plant container-grown trees, shrubs, climbers and roses
Check tree ties in windy weather
Cut back tall shrubs if necessary
Prune late-flowering climbing roses and repeat-flowering old-fashioned roses
Trim privet hedges
Remove fallen leaves from the crowns of plants to prevent rotting
Continue replacing summer bedding with winter and spring bedding as the flowers come to an end
Lift tender perennials and tender bulbs and bring indoors
Continue planting spring bulbs
Plant winter and spring bedding and spring bulbs in containers
Containers will need occasional watering but aim to keep the compost just moist rather than wet
Gather to store or use fresh: sprouts, leeks, autumn cauliflowers, maincrop potatoes, Jerusalem artichokes, carrots, parsnips, pumpkins and winter squashes
Protect salads and late root crops with horticultural fleece to extend the growing season
Once the veg patch is cleared carry out winter digging (digging or forking over bare patches of ground, mixing in organic matter as you go)
Create new strawberry beds and plant young plants raised from this year’s runners
Prepare for new fruit trees and plant if conditions allow
Pick apples and pears for storing mid-month