Around The Garden In September
Create a new lawn with turf or from seed; autumn weather is ideal for good lawn establishment.
Clean out cold frames and greenhouses so they are ready for use!
Raise the height of your mower blades as the grass growth begins to slow down.
Aerate your lawn with a garden fork. Remove thatch from the surface with a rake. Repair dead patches.
Create compost bins in preparation for the fallen leaves and dead plant material you will be collecting over the next few months. Autumn leaves are great for compost bins and for making leaf mould.
Install water butts to collect rain over the autumn and winter months. Rain water is ideal for watering ericaceous plants such as rhododendrons and camellias.
- Apply mulch to protect your plants! Mulch helps keep soil from drying out, improves the texture and helps protect the roots of tender plants.
- Help pumpkins ripen in time for Halloween by removing any leaves shadowing the fruits.
- Harvest plums! If you have more than you need, freeze them!
- Install water butts to collect rain over the autumn and winter months. Rain water is ideal for watering ericaceous plants such as rhododendrons and camellias.
- Bumblebees need food to get them through the autumn. Plan for late flowering plants in your garden to help them.