September is a month when gardens glow with colour ~ Autumn tints appearing on leaves and shrubs. The tree berries are ripening and herbaceous perennials still flowering.
Jobs to be done:
You can now plant Spring-flowering bulbs, with the exception of tulips. If planting bulbs into bowls, always use fresh fibre.
Evergreen hedges, shrubs and conifers should be planted towards the end of this month, the sites for which should be prepared in advance.
Annual trimming of matured hedges should now be completed.
When dahlia tops become blackened by frost, cut these down to within a few inches of the ground.
Tubers should be lifted, cleaned and stored. The ground should be cleared and prepared so you can plant Spring and early Summer biennials.
Rake lawns to remove runners of creeping weeds and excess fibre.
Caring for your garden can produce wonderful results and a great sense of achievement. These seasonal tips should help save time and prevent your hard work going to waste!
- Spiking the lawn will improve drainage and texture and will assist in surface aeration.
- When mowing, cutting blades should be raised. Top dress lawns with a slow acting organic fertilizer.
- Continue spraying roses for blackspot. Any buds that are unlikely to open should be removed before early frosts begin. Extra long shoots that could be damaged by winds should be removed.
- Trees that are planted now will get off to a good start.