Brits are being encouraged to make the most of the last few weeks of summer to ensure their gardens are ready for the colder months ahead.
If you're not sure what that may involve, the experts at GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk have looked into the ways you can make sure your garden is well prepared as autumn takes over...
1. Pond cover
If you have a pond in your garden, be sure to cover it with a net - otherwise, you'll spend the winter fishing out soggy plants.
2. Cut the lawn
Make sure you give your lawn a good cut before the cold and wet weather takes over. If the grass gets too long, it will be virtually impossible to cut during the winter.
3. Clean and clear
In the same way you spring clean your home, you should make sure you remember to give your garden a proper clean. This will involve cutting back the plants and clearing out the shed and greenhouse to ensure you have the room to store everything away in a neat and tidy manner, in time for winter. It will also be a good time to pressure wash the patio or scrub down the decking. This prevents excess dirt and grime build up occurring during the wet months.
4. Don't let leaves build up
Public enemy number one will be leaves during the colder months. Don't let them build up - if you do, they're likely to turn to mulch, subsequently becoming slippery and dangerous.
5. Plant spring bulbs
If you'd like to see daffodils and tulips brightening up your garden in the spring, you need to plant them in September / October time.
6. Pot protection
Make sure you correctly store your empty and in-use pots over the winter months. Insulate them with hay, cardboard or bubble wrap and raise your in-use pots off the ground to make sure you prevent them from getting waterlogged when it rains.
7. Frost aware
As the first frost of the year is liable to arrive without warning, you should take precautions to make sure it doesn't kill your favourite foliage. If your plants are susceptible to the cold weather, move them into your greenhouse or conservatory.
8. Clear away the garden items
Pack away any garden items that could get damaged by the cold weather - if your furniture or barbecue doesn't fit in the shed, be sure to cover them up properly.
9. Don't forget the wildlife
Leave out seeds for the birds, along with any suitable leftovers, for any flying visitors you may have.