Autumn is a beautiful season to be outdoors, the leaves are pretty colours, there are conkers and pinecones on the floor and the gentle chill in the air leaves you fresh-faced and rosy-cheeked. That’s why it's great to spend time outdoors, so here are the top things you could and should be doing in the garden this October.

General Garden Jobs

Keeping your garden neat and tidy throughout autumn and winter will keep it maintained and ready to use when spring comes around. So, the top jobs ideal for October are:
• Clear leaves off of paths and lawns using a rake and a broom.
• Remove weeds and cut down flower stems.
• Compost any green rubbish generated by clearing the garden.

Remove Weeds

Your Grass Area

Most of us have a lawn or grass area in our garden and with so much rain it can be difficult to get a chance to tend to it, but there are plenty of things you should be doing with your lawn throughout October:
• Lay your lawn with new turf.
• Give it one final mow before the winter kicks in.
• Rake leaves from the grass.

1. Autumn Clean

Trees & Shrubs

There is plenty of planting that can be done in October and plenty of care to be done for existing plants:
• Cut back tall shrubs to keep them neat and tidy.
• Plant shrubs, climbers and roses.
• Trim hedges and large trees.
• Prune your late-flowering plants and flowers.

trim hedges

Flowers

You might not want to plant winter flowers, but your existing flowers need some care if you want to see them re-flower next spring:
• Cut off the heads of dead flowers.
• Add fresh compost to your flowers.
• Remove dead and fallen leaves from the crowns of plants to prevent rotting.

Deadhead Flowers

Wildlife

Encourage wildlife in your garden throughout the winter by doing these things this month:
• Add birdfeeders and stock up on bird food.
• Make a bug hotel to encourage bugs and insects, it may even encourage a hedgehog or two as well.
• If you have a pond, clear it out. Remove floating water plants, cut down dead and dying leaves, scoop out excess sludge and cover with netting to stop leaves from falling in.

Clear Out Pond

With so much to do in your garden throughout October, you might want somewhere to sit and take a rest. We recommend rattan garden furniture for use in the winter months as it is fully weatherproof and can be left outside all year round. High-quality rattan is rustproof even in damp conditions as well as resistant to frost and snow.

Rattan Garden Furniture

To keep your rattan garden furniture clean, we recommend a protective cover for your furniture. Our range of weatherproof covers are designed to also withstand cold temperatures without discolouring or becoming brittle.