Now that summer is well and truly past us and the nights are drawing in  it is time to give the garden a general tidy before the winter sets in.  Growth will have slowed in the garden and deciduous trees and shrubs will be shedding their leaves, these will need to raked off lawns and cleared from paths and water features.  Rotting leaves make a great mulch and are full of nutrients so don’t waste any – add them to your borders or pile them into a corner of the garden so wildlife can shelter in them over the winter.