WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK
■ While the weather is warm, weeds are still in growth so try to get on top of weeding before inclement weather arrives – you’ll be glad you did in spring.
■ is your veg patch bare? Consider planting a green manure such as clover or winter bean which will put some goodness back into the soil and elbow out weeds, which will want to colonise bare soil.
■ Messy-looking perennials that have finished flowering can be cut back, but leave ones with ornamental-looking seed heads to overwinter.
■ October may be the final cut for your lawn. Apply an autumn fertiliser afterwards.
■ Tender plants such as salvias need to be dug up, potted and put in a frost-free conservatory for the winter. Cover the crowns of tender plants that you are leaving outside with a dry mulch.
■ Make sure to get some bulbs in the ground now so you can enjoy a gorgeous spring display of daffodils.