29 Aug 2017

September Gardening Tips By Charlie Dimmock

C Dimmock_0191“Although summer is slowly coming to an end there’s still lots you can do to keep things looking good, and this month is wonderful for getting a head with planting for next year – whether it’s spring bedding, shrubs, trees or annuals they do well if planted now.” – Charlie Dimmock

General garden maintenance

  • Prune espalier fruit trees if you haven’t done so by cutting back new growth to 8” long – don’t cut back stems that are shorter than this.
  • If you haven’t already done so prune raspberry canes by totally removing the old fruited canes and tie new canes in if needed.
  • Slow down watering of house plants over this month and also reduce the frequency that you feed them – by the end of October they won’t need feeding at all.
  • Now is a great time to create a new lawn either from turf or seed, and also to do general maintenance like spiking, removal of thatch and top dressing of existing lawns.
  • If you have clay soil now is the time to improve it to make digging easier by adding organic matter like garden compost or well-rotted manure along with grit.

Flowers and plants

  • If you want to save money on summer bedding next year then take cuttings of things like pelargoniums, coleus, and Fuchsia.
  • Sow hardy annuals like calendula, poppies and cornflowers directly into flower beds they’ll establish before winter and means that next year you’ll have larger plants that will start flowering earlier and have more blooms.
  • Lift, divide and replant perennials like catmint, hosta and hardy geranium so they root down well before winter you may need to water if September is dry.
  • There’s a great selection of spring bulbs available in shops and garden centres now – choose the large plump bulbs that are firm as these are the healthiest and will give the best results.
  • If you have gaps in your flower borders add some extra colour for autumn by planting perennials like Echinacea, Aster, and Phlox.

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