Cutting back, pruning and overwinter storage
If you have climbing or rambling roses, as soon as they’ve finished flowering, prune and tidy them. Even if they are against a wall or fence, tie the stems to give them support during the autumn and winter winds to come.
Give your evergreen hedges a trim to keep them looking tidy over the winter. Cut back overhanging branches and remove any brambles that might have snuck in.
When your perennial plants have finished, you can cut back the foliage. However, you may prefer to leave it to provide shelter for insects and other garden wildlife. It might not look as neat, but you’ll be supporting the ecosystem.
October is a good month to lift spent gladioli corms, begonia and dahlia tubers ready for storing during the winter. Take off dead foliage and make sure you have a cool, dark, dry space to store them. There are lots of ideas for storage, you may well have your own preferred method. Some people use newspaper for layers, others like to hang their corms and tubers in mesh bags.