Shortening days and falling temperatures in autumn mean its time to swing into action and get your garden into shape, before the winter sets in.
Autumn is the perfect season to get ahead so that you'll have less to do in spring.
Anything that can be done ahead of the hectic spring period is a real bonus. When everything explodes into growth and the days are never long enough, you'll be pleased to have stolen a march on spring.
Here are 10 jobs you can do in autumn to get a head start.
Plant up a border or makeover an existing one
Autumn is a good time to plant or move hardy plants like trees, shrubs, roses and perennials. Warm soil encourages speedy root growth and autumn rain should keep them well watered. Your plants will become established over winter and will romp away in spring.
Tie in climbers and stake trees
Inspect trellis and arches to make sure they're secure. Otherwise, autumn and winter gales could bring the whole lot down. A quick fix now is better than a wholesale repair in spring. Tie in plants securely, stake trees and check and adjust existing ties.
Sow hardy annuals and sweet peas
Deep clean the greenhouse
Cleaning now will beat bugs and diseases, and it will be ready to go next spring. Empty completely, removing shading. Wash glass inside and out, washing staging and removing debris and old pots that tend to be 'snail hotels'. Dry and store capillary matting. Find out how to clean and tidy a greenhouse.