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We want people to enjoy their outdoor space for as long as possible and be well-prepared for winter and spring

British Summer Time has come to an end which means there is just an average of 9 hours and 45 minutes of sunlight per day. Despite the darker evenings and shorter days, the Forestry Commission says we can expect a colourful season with an extended Autumn.

As Autumn comes, many homeowners will turn their green-fingered talents to tidying up their gardens in preparation for winter. Leading high-street hardware retailer Robert Dyas has created a useful guide on ticking off the Autumn ‘to-do’ list.

Rachel Brain, COO at Robert Dyas said, “We want people to enjoy their outdoor space for as long as possible and be well-prepared for winter and spring. We’ve created a number of easy-to-follow tips for tidying your garden and ensuring homes are secure.”

Robert Dyas’ Autumn To-Dos


Make sure you rake up any fallen leaves. Leaves when left on a lawn can catch moisture and block light, causing damaging or even killing the grass. By collecting the leaves, and using a garden roller trolley (£26.99), you can add the leaves to a compost heap to encourage the growth of soil-enriching leaf mould. To keep your grass in top shape for spring, make sure you cut it only when needed, but not too short as this encourages moss to spread.

You should always prune and shape your perennial plants, removing stray shoots and dead branches ready for winter. Use secateurs or pruners (£14.99) to cut away the dead foliage.

After you have sorted your plants and tidied up the grass you need to move onto your borders. Pull on a pair of your best gardening gloves (£8.99) and spread a thick layer of compost or manure over your borders. This keeps the plants healthy, and when paired with a trimmed lawn this gives a sharp finish to your garden.

Unfortunately, weeds don’t take time off during Autumn and will continue to grow unless covered by frost. The best way to tackle pesky weeds is to use a weedfork (£4.99) or trowel (£4.99). By tackling weeds during autumn, you can kill them off and create a lush lawn ready for spring.

Don’t forget about accessories. You can still enjoy your outdoor space even when the nights set in by using solar powered lights. A solar powered poppy (£23.99) or crocus (£23.99) light charges up during the day and shines during the evenings, adding fun and colour to your autumn garden.

If you prefer something a little different, you could create a magical atmosphere with a solar powered Elfin Oak House (£29.99) or a Gnome in a Hole. If you love wildlife, the cast iron poppy bird feeder (£9.99) is a great way to keep birds visiting your autumnal garden.


Autumn and winter are the seasons a home or property is most likely to be broken into*. An effective way to make your home more secure is by improving interior and exterior lighting. Motion sensor floodlights from Status have durable, energy saving bulbs which activate if anything passes through their field. This is useful for when you are returning home in the evening when the clocks go back, and when unexpected visitors arrive.

If you want to improve your security further, the Ring Floodlight Camera ( (£249.00) with infrared night vision, provides an HD video stream twenty-four hours a day. The weather-resistant camera also includes two-way audio and motion sensors.

You can also keep your valuables safe by using a safe which can be freestanding or fixed, the Yale Small Value Safe (£46.99) is a great starting point and only requires 4 AA batteries to operate.

For more information please visit the Robert Dyas website at

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Briers Rigging Gloves:
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Ring Floodlight Camera:
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Prices are correct to the time the press release was issued.

*Seasonality statistics (PDF): Page 3, Methodological Note: Seasonality of Property Crime, Page 3

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About Robert Dyas:

Robert Dyas, a man of notable character and remarkable determination, founded the company in 1872. He had a vision to provide customers with the best products, service and advice possible – a tradition that continues to be the focus of the company to this day. In 2012, successful businessman and star of BBC TV’s Dragons Den, Theo Paphitis, bought the company.

Theo Paphitis is one of the UK’s most high-profile businessmen with an empire spanning retail, property and finance. Theo, through his staff at the Theo Paphitis Retail Group (TPRG), has continued the Robert Dyas tradition of excellent customer service.

Robert Dyas offers an extensive range of household products. The range includes smart home technology, DIY solutions, small and domestic appliances, homeware, bakeware and kitchenware, outdoor and garden, utility, gifts, textiles plus Christmas trees and gifts.

The company has 94 stores, ranging from 1,250 to 9,000 square feet (116 to 836 square meters) and operates online and in the South of England. The most western store is in Yeovil, the most eastern store in Colchester, the most northern store in Solihull and the store furthest south is in Eastbourne. The company’s head office is now based in Wimbledon.


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