Autumn is all about garden maintenance and planning, you need to get your garden ready for the harsh winter months. It is also about enjoying the fruits of your labour. If you have planted any fruits or vegetables, now might be a good time to pick them.

If you have been entertaining guests in summer, now is the time to put your furniture away, to prevent it from being damaged by the rough weather. Put your BBQ covers on, wrap your chimineas and make sure you give any metal furniture a bit of a service before putting it away for the winter.

Cleaning patios or decking is an essential part of garden maintenance. These surfaces can quickly become covered in leaves, which slowly rot and form a slippery layer over your walkways. Use a hard wearing outdoor bush to sweep up leaves, if you want to improve your sustainability you can store these leaves to use as compost.