September Gardening Jobs

Nathan James Dodd suggests that during September there are many ways to maximise the growing season shile also preparing for the approaching autumn.

Created by Nathan James Dodd on Monday, 29th of August, 2016.
Updated on Thursday, 8th of December, 2016.


There's no time to rest on your laurels, the ground is still warm and moist - so it's an ideal time to ensure you have plenty of colour for the final few weeks of the growing season while also planning, preparing and planting the garden for next year.

Early September

Ensure that the garden is full of colour for another month or so by supporting the stems of autumn flowering perennials - asters, sedum and rudbeckia. 

Fill any gaps in the border with chrysanthemums and other autumn flowering plants. 

Remember to deadhead and continue to feed flower baskets with high potash fertilizer and they will last for a few more weeks.

Water camelias, keeping them moist to avoid bud drop next spring.

Cut hedges, starting at the base and making sure that there's a slope towards the top to let in maximum sunlight.

In the vegetable garden, lift and harvest maincrop potatoes and store in a dry, cool environment.

There's still time to sow fast growing crops such as rocket and also winter purslane, perpetual spinach and rocket to be picked early next year.

Trim hedges now and they will not need to be cut again until the spring. Make sure you wear safety glasses, use sturdy and stable ladders, and if you are using electric cutters fit a RCD.

Mid-month

The first leaves will be falling soon. These need to be collected and preferably composted into leaf mould.

Herbaceous perennials can be divided to prevent clumping and to revitalise them. If shrubs have outgrown their location or need to be moved for any other reason, this is the best time of the year to relocate them. 

Continue to care for wildlife by leaving sticks and logs about for hibernating insects or buy frog boxes, bat boxes and hedgehog houses.

Clear away plants and foliage that are past their best, dig over vegetable patches while adding organic matter, think about growing a crop of green manure.

Sow hardy annuals such as calendula, nigella and papaver that has been dug over and is weed free.

Buy bulbs from your garden centre for forcing, hyacinths take about 12 weeks, they make great Christmas presents, To save time and effort, 'prepared' bulbs are available.

Late September

Improve the soil around trees, shrubs and perennials before winter arrives by lightly forking and mulching with compost.

Plant hardy variety of broad bean such as 'Aquadulce Claudia' in fertile ground that won't get waterlogged.

Give the lawn an autumn feed, lengthen the cut and aerate with a garden fork, repair bare patches using good quality seed. There is also no better time to lay turf, repair patches or sow a new lawn. Make sure the turf is from a cultivated source or you are using the correct seed – fine mixtures require regular maintenance, a course mixture is more suitable if there are children about. 

Drop into your local garden centre this week for everything you need for your autumn garden or visit the Autumn Shop on gardensite.co.uk

Related Articles

GardenSite's Flori Bosnigeanu Completes The Great Birmingham Run

GardenSite's Flori Bosnigeanu Completes The Great Birmingham Run

With only a few months' training under her belt, GardenSite's own Flori Bosnigeanu took part in this year's Great Birmingham Run, raising over £500 for the city's Children's Hospital.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Friday, 21st of October, 2016.

Gardensite Again Wins 'Best Online Garden Retail Buying Team' At Glee

Gardensite Again Wins 'Best Online Garden Retail Buying Team' At Glee

Repeating the success of last year, Nathan James Dodd is pleased to report that Gardensite.co.uk has again been voted as having the 'Best Online Garden Retail Buying Team' at Glee 16, the UK's most important Garden and Leisure Industry show.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Tuesday, 13th of September, 2016.

Hampton Court Flower Show 2016

Hampton Court Flower Show 2016

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show that opens today (5 July) has something to offer everyone, with show gardens, talks, trade stands and plenty more. Nathan James Dodd attended the Press Day and was impressed with how much there is to see.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Tuesday, 5th of July, 2016.

Best Gardens To Visit In The Spring

Best Gardens To Visit In The Spring

Spring is a wonderful time to visit a garden where you'll see new vibrant colour and planting that will inspire you for the year to come. Here are David Hall's suggestions regarding the best spring gardens to visit.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Thursday, 31st of March, 2016.

comments powered by Disqus

RSS

View RSS Feed

Author

Nathan James Dodd

Garden Designer

View Profile

Follow Us!

Recent Articles

Poinsettias Now Available From Our Garden Centre

Poinsettias Now Available From Our Garden Centre

With Christmas rapidly approaching, our New Oscott Garden Centre has just taken delivery of that most seasonal of plants – the Poinsettia. These are David Hall's tips on to how to keep these beautiful plants at their colourful best.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Thursday, 8th of December, 2016.

GardenSite Donates Christmas Tree To Hospice

GardenSite Donates Christmas Tree To Hospice

Our garden centre has been part of the local community for over 60 years, so when one of our partners, David Coton, received a request to donate a Christmas tree to a nearby hospice, he had no hesitation in helping them out.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Wednesday, 7th of December, 2016.

How To Choose A Real Christmas Tree

How To Choose A Real Christmas Tree

Many people believe that Christmas would not have the same festive feel without the scent of a 'real' Christmas tree. They're naturally fresh, giving off a lovely aroma, and here Martyn Loach gives advice on which ones to buy..

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Tuesday, 6th of December, 2016.

Premier Christmas Lights

Premier Christmas Lights

There's a huge selection of Premier Christmas Lights, and it's no wonder why they are market leaders judging by the variety and innovation that's on offer. This is Andy Taylor's guide to their range of top quality lights and decorations.

Author: Andrew Taylor

Written by Andrew Taylor.
Published on Monday, 28th of November, 2016.