up the garden regularly, especially collecting leaves from the lawn and
flower beds. If
you have a large amount of leaves, put them in a black plastic bin bag,
sprinkle with water and tie the top of the bag.
By next year, the
leaves will have composted sufficiently to be added to the compost heap.
Some gardeners wait up to two years for the leaves to turn to leaf
mould, but this is a rather long term practice. Do not use the leaves of
conifers, evergreens or roses.
any quick growing tall shrubs such as Buddleias and Butterfly bushes (lavatera).
Cut off about a third of the growth to avoid damage by the winter winds.
The remainder of the pruning is best left to spring.
any trees in the garden a quick examination to ensure that all branches
look sound. Any split or diseased ones should be removed.