Get to work before temperatures fall
■ Continue planting bulbs and, in particular, tulips can now go into the ground.
■ Sow batches of hardy broad beans and peas outdoors to yield early crops next year.
■ Remove suckers from the base of plants.
■ Pick off rotting fruit from trees and dispose to get rid of fungal spores that overwinter.
■ Bonfire Night is a great time to get rid of material that is unsuitable for composting, so collect diseased leaves from fruit trees and roses and chuck on the fire.
■ Rake up fallen leaves and compost in bin bags pierced with a few holes – this makes excellent compost for your ericaceous plants.
JOBS FOR THE WEEK
■ Treat your lawn with autumn fertiliser to help it get through winter in good health.
■ Prune shrub roses now to avoid damage to the roots caused by high winds rocking the plant back and forth.