Paraic’s Tips For Your Garden In September

After a mild but wet August, September offers you a chance to get back into your garden. September is a great time to pause and re-think. What can you do now to rejuvenate your garden for autumn and winter? September is natures time for replanting. Many of our garden trees and flowers are producing seeds and berries to start a new generation of plants. It’s the ideal time to sow new plants from seeds, bulbs and cuttings. It is also a wonderful month to plant fruiting plants and winter vegetables. 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.

Lawn Care

  • Lawn moss is creeping back into our lawns after the recent mild and wet weather. Now is the time to create a moss and weed free lawn before winter. Simply follow our lawn care “Steps to Success” program. 
Garden in September Lawn Care
  • 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 seedsSimply 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.
Onions
Purple Brocolli

Garden Care

  • Kill Mare’s Tail with Neudorff weedkiller. Neudorff is specially formulated for this pesky weed. For all other weeds use Weedfree 360. Apply the weedkiller in dry weather and watch as the weeds die away quickly.
  • Take care of wildlife in your garden now. Garden song birds need to build up their energy and fat reserves this autumn. Simply hang high-energy wild bird feeders in your garden using fat balls, sunflower seeds and wild bird mixes. Watch as wild birds flock to your garden all winter long. September is also the time to remove old nests from your nesting boxes.

Garden Colour

  • Fancy a wildflower patch or strip in your garden? Now is the ideal time to sow wildflower seeds and bulbs in your garden. Honeybees, bumblebees and butterflies will visit the flower meadow in late spring and summer. 
  • 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. 
Virginia Creeper
Violas

Interested in learning more about gardening? Just follow along with our “Learn to Garden” blog here. Alternatively, tune in to “The Gardening Show” every Saturday morning on Mid West Radio. 

Do you have questions about your garden? If so, just contact your local store where one of our helpful and knowledgeable staff will be happy to help and answer any questions you may have.