Essential checklist for October

  • Divide established rhubarb crowns to create new plants
  • Cut back perennials that have died down
  • Divide herbaceous perennials
  • Move tender plants, including aquatic ones, into a greenhouse or conservatory
  • Plant out spring cabbages
  • Harvest apples, pears, grapes and nuts
  • Prune climbing roses
  • Finish collecting seeds from the garden to sow next year
  • Last chance to mow lawns and trim hedges in mild areas
  • Renovate old lawns or create new grass areas by laying turf