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8 - Autumn
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Early
  • Bring in tender plants under cover before the first frosts
  • Plant or move evergreens and conifers, while the soil is still warm
  • Plant spring bedding, such as wallflowers and polyanthus
  • Plant spring bulbs
Spring bulbs
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Mid
  • Tidy perennials, removing dead stems but leaving seed-heads for birds to eat
  • Plant deciduous trees, shrubs and climbers
  • Lay new lawns, so long as soil is not too wet
  • Batten down the hatches, ensuring nothing can blow about and cause damage on windy nights
Autumn leaves
Late
  • Plant shrubs, roses and hedging plants sold with bare roots
  • Clear up fallen leaves and compost them
  • Plant tulips and hyacinths
  • Move deciduous trees and shrubs once they have lost their leaves
  • Take hardwood cuttings from shrubs and roses
Fallen leaves
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