All gardeners know that maintaining an eye-catching green space requires ongoing work throughout the year.
This week could be a particularly busy one in the garden as summer draws to a close and we start to prepare for autumn with the benefit of an extra day off work.
Some jobs Gardeners' World recommends getting on with this week include removing suckers from roses so they do not rob the main plant of its food supply.
Gently pruning box topiary and hedging was also suggested as a task for this week, as it will help to maintain its shape – use secateurs on laurel to prevent leaf damage.
Investing in some bulbs such as tulips, crocuses and narcissus could be a nice way of looking ahead to next year – and taking your mind off the approaching bad weather.
Finally, don't forget to keep on top of your weeding – Gardeners' World suggests hoeing and hand weeding your borders so they do not get scruffy in the days ahead.
For larger areas, the careful use of cultivators and tillers will be worthwhile in preventing annual and perennial weeds from taking hold.