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The autumn chill sets in
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 early frosts.
Divide established rhubarb crowns to create new plants
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
Renovate old lawns or create new grass areas by laying turf
Things to do in the garden this month
Trees & shrubs
Greenhouse, conservatory & houseplants
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