We came across a really useful blog post on the BBC about what you should be doing in your garden, and when, during the autumn to protect it and prepare it for spring.
- Bring in tender plants under cover before the first frosts.
- Plant or move evergreens and conifers, while the soil is still warm.
- Plant spring bedding, such as wallflowers and polyanthus.
- Plant spring bulbs
- Tidy perennials, removing dead stems but leaving seed-heads for birds to eat.
- Plant deciduous trees, shrubs and climbers.
- Lay new lawns, so long as soil is not too wet.
- Batten down the hatches, ensuring nothing can blow about and cause damage on windy nights.
- Plant shrubs, roses and hedging plants sold with bare roots.
- Clear up fallen leaves and compost them.
- Plant tulips and hyacinths.
- Move deciduous trees and shrubs once they have lost their leaves.
- Take hardwood cuttings from shrubs and roses. “
Source: Key Jobs for Autumn – BBC
Following these points should ensure that your garden escapes unscathed from the winter and means it will look beautiful during the spring.