Posted: Monday, 5 September 2016 @ 09:28
Summer may be drawing to an end, but that certainly doesn’t mean that gardening season is over. There’s plenty of planting to be doing in autumn, so don’t hang your gloves up just yet! To keep your gardens and outdoor spaces looking beautiful this September, follow these general top tips from our green fingered pros.
The grass won’t be growing quite as quick now, so you’ll probably do your last mowing at some point this month. If your lawn is looking a bit tatty, or you want to add a new lawn somewhere, not is the perfect time to sow the seeds. Make a new lawn with good preparation including digging and raking. Sow the seeds, water well and keep off the area for five weeks. By next summer you should see a brand new lawn.
If you grow fruit and vegetables in your garden, then September is a brilliant time for picking. Don’t wait too long as birds and insects also love the taste of your crops! Also, picking early can encourage more to grow before the season is over. If you have an apple tree, look out for rotted apples and remove them as they can spread to other healthy fruits.
Clean the greenhouse/conservatory
If you’ve been growing vegetables and protecting them inside, once the tomatoes and other crops have finished make sure you give the area a good clean. This will prevent pests from making a home in your conservatory or greenhouse for the winter.
This one sounds obvious but don’t forget to keep watering your plants, especially if we experience a bit of an Indian summer. Pots, containers and hanging baskets still need watering daily, and everything else at least once or twice a week.
Autumn is a great time for planting winter bedding plants, as well as planting for next spring. Any plants that aren’t too hardy should be placed in shelter before the cold winter sets in.
Help the birds
At this time of year birds need all the help they can get to survive the winter. If you have a bird bath, clear it out and top it up with fresh water. You can also put out bird feed around your garden to give them some extra sustenance and build reserves.
Enjoy the view
Once you’ve finished all your maintenance jobs, remember to take some time to enjoy what you’ve created! At this time of year it’s best to sit in the shelter of your conservatory, protected from the wind, and watch the garden change with the seasons.