There's a lot that will need to be done to ensure your garden stays looking its best this month, as the experts at Flymo explain - as the leaves fall around us, it's time to get to work!
Fallen leaves may look pretty when they're lying on the lawn, but they can be a hazard if they're left unchecked. Large numbers can prevent sunlight from reaching the grass, subsequently suffocating it, and if it's left unchecked for even three weeks, it can result in moss growing in its place.
There's also a more practical reason that you may want to keep on top of them - they're liable to clog up and cover drains, and when they become wet they'll end up incredibly slippery. It's worth opting for a tool that will both pick up the leaves and shred them - it's one less task for you.
2. The last mow
Before it's time to leave the lawn for winter, it will need one last mow. If you only have a few leaves on your lawn, you could always remove the grass box and drive over them. This will successfully chop them up finely, so they can be broken down and then add their nutrients back into the soil.
3. The soil
Without a doubt, one of the most precious things in your garden will be the soil. Now, it will be a good time to turn your soil and remove the weeds - by doing it during October, you reduce the work you'll need to do in the spring, while adding mulch or a soil conditioner like leaf mould helps to create a good base for growing during the following season.
4. Lawn care
Adding a slow releasing autumn lawn fertiliser to your lawn will ensure your grass has all it needs to maintain its good look during the cold period.
5. Time for a trim
October is the ideal time for carrying out any hedge trimming maintenance before the cold weather arrives. Just make sure you always start from the bottom and work your way upwards - this means the leaves or branches will fall to the floor.
Tips courtesy of Flymo