Wildlife In The Garden In September
Replenish your bird feeders! The breeding season hasn’t finished yet, so still avoid large chunks and peanuts.
Leave some seed heads standing rather than cutting them back. This provides shelter and food for wildlife.
Ensure boxes are clean and ready to use. Put up dormice boxes ready for their hibernation in October.
Hedgehog food demand will build up as they store reserves for winter.
Bumblebees need food to get them through the autumn. Plan for late flowering plants in your garden to help them.
- 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.