Updated: 20-Nov-2018

Autumn garden jobs come once a year so you’re prepared, right? Ok… sometimes things get left to the last minute but there’s still a lot you can get done.

This post will help you clear away the Summer, make the most of Autumn colour and get ready for the Spring.

Focus on the essentials

You can make a big difference when you focus on the essentials. That means you need to close your eyes to everything else and stick to the list.

You’ll be back inside with a mug of coffee as soon as you get it done. So run to it!

Last minute autumn garden jobs

  • Tidy the borders
    • Clear out bedding
    • Cut back perennials, bushes and shrubs
    • Divide herbaceous perennials to make more plants
    • Lift tubers from flowers such as dahlias and begonias to store over the winter
    • Plant spring bulbs such as daffodils, tulips and alliums
  • BUT don’t forget wildlife! If you tidy too much you’ll destroy vital habitat for over-wintering animals and food sources for birds.
    • Leave some areas where foliage can die back naturally
    • Leave rosehips and seedheads that will look striking covered in frost
  • Protect half-hardy plants from the risk of frost
    • Use fleece or move to a frost-free greenhouse
  • Give the lawn the last cut of the year, clear away the leaves and let the grass ‘rest’ over the winter
  • Autumn is a great time for planting hedges, bare-root trees and shrubs
  • Plant bare-root roses any time between November and March
  • Re-plant summer containers with fresh winter bedding plants and heathers, grasses or trailing ivy
autumn garden jobs infographic

Infographic by Capital Garden Services

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