The top 45 best garden tasks also featured deadheading roses and growing and picking homegrown produce.

Working with power tools, using a laser spirit level and laying grass turf also appeared in the list.

The survey of over 1,500 people who garden revealed they love raking up fallen leaves, and ‘scarifying’ the lawn – which means removing old grass and debris.

This comes as 73 per cent admitted to finding particular gardening task strangely fulfilling – and standing back to see what you’ve done is the most satisfying aspect.

But more than seven in 10 said some gardening tasks – like mowing the lawn or weeding – are satisfying and frustrating in equal measures because they know they’ll need to do them again within days.

Kate Turner from Miracle Gro, which commissioned the research, said: “Brits’ love of strangely satisfying gardening jobs shows how good they can for our mental health.

“Even during autumn and winter, there are lots of little jobs that you can take care of to keep your garden in the best shape.

“From deadheading roses to mowing the lawn, it’s always nice to take a step back to see your handiwork, no matter if it will need re-doing in the next few days.”

The survey went on to reveal those polled spend 11 minutes a day thinking about gardening and take as many as four days off work in a year just to work in their garden.

The colder months are a great time to start a gardening project, according to 68 per cent and half of adults are expecting to learn a new skill in the garden this winter.

As many as 65 per cent would like their garden to look as nice in the autumn and winter as it does in the summer, but 23 per cent have no idea how to maintain the same standards as the seasons change.

But 57 per cent read gardening books and magazines, and typically spend more than two hours a week watching gardening programmes, to learn more about the hobby.

And 63 per cent of these find gardening programmes specifically relaxing.

When it comes to de-stressing, almost seven in 10 adults surveyed via OnePoll would recommend gardening as a great way to switch off.

Furthermore, 46 per cent said that if they didn’t do any gardening, their mental health would struggle.

Actor, TV personality and keen gardener, Catherine Tyldesley has teamed up with Miracle Gro to help inspire people to get out in their garden this autumn with tips and ideas of what can be done to ensure your garden looks as good this season as in summer.

Catherine said: “Gardening is a great way to detach yourself from daily life as it provides a new focus.

“It doesn’t surprise me that people don’t know how to spruce up their gardens when it gets chilly, gardening is widely considered a ‘summer job’.

“It can be really rewarding tidying up your outside area, especially during the autumn and winter periods when the leaves fall from the trees.”

Top 45 satisfying gardening tasks:

1.           Planting seeds / bulbs / plants

2.           Watering all your plants

3.           Mowing the lawn

4.           Weeding

5.           Pruning around the garden

6.           Seeing birds use your feeders/birdbaths

7.           Deadheading flowers

8.           Finally getting out the last weed

9.           Growing and picking home-grown produce

10.         Repotting your plants

11.         Sowing seeds

12.         Feeding your plants

13.         Deadheading roses

14.         Raking up fallen leaves

15.         Putting fresh seeds in a bird feeder

16.         Jet washing the patio

17.         Painting a fence

18.         Trimming a hedge perfectly

19.         Sweeping your patio/decking

20.         Filling up the birdbath with fresh water

21.         Putting up new garden furniture

22.         Painting the final layer of paint

23.         Putting in a new border

24.         Trimming your herb garden

25.         Oiling a noisy hinge

26.         Successfully removing a screw which has lost its thread

27.         Sorting through a massive pile of screws/nails and finding the one you need

28.         Hammering nails into wood

29.         Organising tools

30.         Using power tools

31.         Laying grass seed

32.         Using a drill

33.         Painting with a roller

34.         Scarifying the lawn

35.         Laying grass turf

36.         Sanding wood

37.         Getting a shelf perfectly lined up

38.         Perfectly laying a patio

39.         Watching the sprinkler system at work

40.         Cleaning paint off a paint brush

41.         Using a tape measure

42.         Using a laser spirit level

43.         Fixing a wonky deck board

44.         Watching paint dry

45.         Chemically removing paint from doors, gates etc.

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