What to do in the garden

Don’t let the soil around newly-planted trees and shrubs dry out.

Mulch any areas of borders which have not been covered already and replenish old mulches.

Cut off or prune diseased leaves of plants so that overwintering spores won’t survive until next year.

Continue to plant spring bulbs such as daffodils and crown imperials to give early colour.

Prune deciduous autumn-flowering shrubs over three years old as they finish flowering.

Harvest apples and pears as they ripen and store the excess.

Apply or renew greasebands on the trunks of apple and pear trees.

Remove shading wash from the greenhouse if applied in the spring.

Sow parsley and chervil for use in late winter and early spring.

Rake and scarify lawns to remove thatch and other debris.

Continue to blanch leeks, covering plants with tubes of cardboard or drainpipe.

Take hardwood cuttings of shrubs including privet, holly, aucuba, berberis, potentilla and rosemary.

Order new trees and bushes to plant out later this autumn.