Chance to plant out hedging, trees and shrubs
Plant bare-root deciduous hedging plants, trees and shrubs promptly, before they dry out. They can be heeled in for a short period if weather conditions are bad.
Prune bush roses
Lightly prune bush roses to prevent wind rock, as they are usually shallow rooted. Climbing roses should be pruned now at the very latest.
Put fallen leaves on the compost heap or into separate pens for rotting down into leaf mould.
Lilies for an early display
Plant lilies in pots to be brought inside next spring to force them into an early display or left outside to flower naturally in summer.
Time to plant tulips
Tulips can now go in. Species tulips naturalise, but showier varieties are best treated as bedding and replaced every year.