September jobs in the garden

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  • Sow sweet peas in a cold frame or greenhouse for early summer blooms next year.
  • Divide cottage garden perennials such as Crocosmia, this will improve flowering the following year.
  • Pick autumn fruiting raspberries.
  • Continue to deadhead plants such as delphiniums, roses & penstemons to prolong display & give colour well into the month.
  • Don’t overlook hanging basket maintenance – a little deadheading, watering, & feeding can keep them going until mid-autumn. Once they are past their best, re-plant as winter/spring hanging baskets with spring-flowering bulbs, winter heathers, trailing ivies, pansies & viola’s.
  • Start planting spring flowering bulbs.
  • Bring inside tender perennials, such as fuchsias, gazanias, lantanas & abutilons before frosts cause damage.
  • It’s a very good time to plant trees & shrubs, they will have time to establish before winter giving them the chance to get off to a flying start next spring.
  • Evergreen hedges can have their final trim before winter.
  • Climbing roses can be pruned once they have finished flowering.
  • Mow your lawn less frequently during autumn.
  • Harden your lawn up for the winter by applying an autumn lawn feed  (Evergreen autumn lawn care).  Do this after scarifying & aerating but before applying a top dressing.
  • This is the last month to apply a lawn weedkiller.
  • Cover your ponds with netting to stop leaves falling into your pond.
  • Remove dead leaves from waterlilies as the foliage dies back.  Now is also a good time to divide waterlilies.
  • Take advantage of any dry weather to paint fences, sheds & other wooden structures – we recommend Ronseal products.
  • Clean up patios & hard surfaces to get rid of moss & algae.  Doing this now will prevent them becoming slippery during the winter – we recommend Patio magic.
  • Remove any greenhouse shading as temperatures start to fall.
  • Get your compost bins ready for autumn, when fallen leaves will quickly fill them – we recommend Garotta as a compost maker.
  • Install a water butt to collect rain water from your down-pipe. Rainwater is very beneficial for watering acid loving plants like camellias & rhododendrons.
  • Start to reduce your watering of houseplants as light levels drop.
  • Plant prepared hyacinths before the end of the month to get flowers for Christmas.
  • When bringing plants indoors, check carefully for any pests & disease they may have picked up outside, in particular red spider mite, mealybug & scale insect. Inspect rootballs & compost for vine weevil larvae. Please ask a member of staff for advice if you find any of the above on how best to treat affected area.

 

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