September is one of the best gardening months of the year. Don’t be discouraged that the summer is over… with a little love your garden can still remain full of colour and life throughout the Autumn season. Keep reading to discover Paraic’s tips for your garden in September.
- All lawns suffered during the hot, dry summer. Lawn grass came under stress due to a lack of water and nutrition. However, now is the time to create a rich green, moss and weed free lawn before winter. Simply follow our lawn care “Steps to Success” programme.
- September is one of the best months to sow a new lawn or reseed bare patches in your existing lawn. Use Green Velvet lawn seed to create the perfect lawn. This seed produces a hard-wearing, rich green, lawn that is easy to maintain yet ideal for children and pets to play on.
Sow and Grow
- September is an ideal time to sow a wide selection of edible (herb and vegetable) and flowering plants from seeds. Simply sow the seeds in a pot of compost, cover with cling film and watch them grow. Once they begin to shoot, replant them in a larger container.
- Plant Japanese onion sets over the next couple of weeks. If planted now, you will be rewarded with a picking of young, fresh green shoots in early spring and full sized onions in April and May.
- Plant autumn and winter vegetable plants now. Plants such as winter cabbage, Chinese cabbage, purple sprouting broccoli, lettuce and iceberg lettuce can all be planted during September.
- September remains one of the best months to plant berrying broad leaved trees. One of my favourites are the beautiful Malus trees. Plant a Malus tree this month to be rewarded with a brightly coloured tree this Autumn. It will also produce edible berries from September to early winter. This growth is followed by bright colourful flowers in spring. Malus trees form lovely medium sized trees in any garden and are brilliant for wildlife.
- Plant winter flowering cyclamen, pansies, violas, heather and aconites for colour in your patio pots and window boxes.
- Evergreen climbers, with both foliage and flowers, are ideal to plant in September. Try varieties such as the virginia creeper, hydrangeas, honeysuckles or choose from a wide range of ivies. Remember to add a good compost when planting and some Osmo plant food.
- Did you know you can get plants for free? Yes, September is a time for propagation!
- Choose some of your favourite garden shrubs and cut pencil length slips off the plant.
- Dip the base of the slip into rooting powder, place the slip into a compost mixed with perlite and place in a medium sized pot.
- Cover the cuttings with a polythene bag and leave to root on a bright window sill.
- Once the slips have rooted, plant them in individual pots to grow over the winter.