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What jobs should you be doing in your garden during October?

There is definitely an autumnal chill in the air this week, and wonderful red, orange and yellow autumn colours are beginning to be seen in our parks and gardens. The berries on plants like Pyracantha and Skimmia are looking particularly fantastic. It’s a time of year to tidy, maintain and plan ahead for spring displays.

The summer bedding might have finished but there is still plenty of options for adding colour and interest to your garden – find out our top tips for autumn colour.

Top things to do this month (source: RHS)

  • Clear up fallen autumn leaves regularly
  • Cut back perennials that have died down
  • Divide herbaceous perennials and rhubarb crowns
  • Move tender plants, including aquatic ones, into the greenhouse
  • Plant out spring cabbages
  • Harvest apples, pears, grapes and nuts
  • Prune climbing roses
  • Last chance to mow lawns and trim hedges in mild areas
  • Renovate old lawns or create new grass areas by laying turf
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