Most of us like to enjoy our gardens when the weather is good. However we can be very fair-weather people in this way. As soon as the nights grow longer and we swap the t-shirts for fleeces, we find ourselves ignoring the garden altogether.

This is fair enough – after all no one wants to sit outside in the cold. However it does mean the regular tasks that still need doing out there get neglected. If you have ever gone outside in the first throes of spring and found a wealth of garden jobs to do, you’ll know what we mean.

That’s why it can be a very good idea to schedule in the odd bit of garden maintenance throughout the colder months. For example you could rake up the fallen leaves every week or so and pop those into your compost bin. You can’t mow the lawn but you can still get out and do a spot of weeding, otherwise you might find your garden is overrun by the time the next year rolls around.

The only trouble is we’ve all got plenty to do at this time of the year. There are fireworks parties and events to think about, not to mention the horror that is Halloween and trick or treating (if you have kids). Then there’s the festive season and all the mayhem that comes with it. Gardening is probably going to be the last thing on your mind.

One good solution is to hire someone to pop round every week or two to keep on top of all those little jobs for you. It enables you to have more time to tackle other jobs, safe in the knowledge your garden isn’t being neglected. You can also look forward to the warmer weather coming and being able to enjoy the outdoors straightaway. Normally you’d probably step outside only to find there are 1,001 jobs to do before you can even think of sitting down and enjoying the warmth.

It’s as much a case of planning ahead and getting more organised than anything else. It doesn’t matter what size garden you have either, although a larger garden will definitely involve more work than something smaller. That’s why it makes sense to hire someone else to tackle the work for you, so you can get on with other things during the colder months.