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project of the monthThis autumn it's important to keep on top of watering, deadheading, cutting back and general keeping your garden tidy.

Tips from Alan Titchmarsh on how to keep your garden tidy this autumn


We've sorted the top tips into different sections, to give you the easiest way to see at a glance what task you have to tackle this coming autumn season to make sure your garden stays tidy and under control.



  • Cut out faded flower stems of perennial plants to keep borders tidy. 
  • Get the compost going - autumn generates a lot of waste


Flowers, vegetables and herbs

  • Replace summer bedding with plants for winter and spring and keep them watered
  • Plant spring bulbs, but store tulips and Hyacinths until late October
  • Sow overwintering onions as well as quick crops, such as baby spinach, for salad leaves
  • Leave tomatoes on the plants until the weather turns, then bring them indoors to ripen
  • Harvest marrows, French and runner beans, lettuce, rocket, spring onions, Chinese leaves, oriental radishes, autumn cauliflower, cabbages, pencil leeks, maincrop potatoes, onions, shallots and globe artichokes
  • Pot up herbs – chives, mint, basil, coriander and parsley


Lawn maintenance

  • Once the dry weather comes to an end, scarify and spike the lawn, apply autumn lawn feed and add top dressing if you garden on clay, chalk or sandy soils
  • Make new lawns from seed around the middle of the month (lay turf through to November)



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