September Gardening Tips

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September can be a really refreshing time in the garden. There is still plenty of colour but the moisture returns to the soil and with it the prospect of autumn and the best planting season of all!

I really believe that hardy subjects planted in the autumn do get off to a better start and make a healthier plant in the long term. So do begin autumn planting of shrubs, trees and hardy plants.

Spring flowering bulbs are now in stock. Buy early for the best choice, chose large bulbs for better flowers. Plant Daffodil and Narcissi bulbs and pot up bulbs for indoor flowering.

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New lawns can be sown or turf laid, worn areas can be re-sown. When mowing set the blades of the mower to a medium height.

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Other tasks in the flower garden include dead heading perennials. Cut down dead stems or leave over winter for an architectural look. Dead head roses and tie in new shoots on climbers. Water Dahlias when necessary and support.

In the vegetable Patch harvest Onions and Shallots and allow them to dry naturally. Pick French Beans and Runner Beans. Lift main crop Potatoes.

In the fruit garden pick Apples and Pears and watch out for Peach leaf curl, burn any diseased leaves and treat the tree.

I think the best time of day  in the garden at this time of year is first thing in the morning with the sweet dewy smell of autumn and again in the evening as dusk gathers and the migrating birds start to gather overhead. Have a great gardening month!