September Garden Notes
Autumn will soon to be with us and the season of mellow fruitfulness just around the corner. While the nights continue to draw in we can expect to have some warm sunny days followed by some cold nights with the chance of early frosts. In the garden it’s time to pick top fruit, clear away dead summer flowers and tidy up lawns in preparation for winter.
Beds and Borders . . .
It’s a good time to cut Leyland cypress and other evergreen conifer hedges. To reduce the height of boundary hedges you may need to take a saw to the tops instead of clipping back new growth. With all hedges try to create a tapering shape that is thinner at the top than the base. This slope will help snow to fall off the hedge that could otherwise pull down branches.
Weeds, especially perennial ones such as nettles, creeping thistle, couch grass and docks can easily be controlled while they have a good leaf colour and the sap is moving down to the roots.
Patio Tubs & Baskets…
Bedding and hanging baskets should be still going strong if you have fed and watered them regularly. To encourage fresh vigour, a feed of soluble plant food over the leaves and around the roots will give the plants an almost instant boost that will encourage new buds to form and probably give you an extra four weeks of flower power. Try it now and you could be surprised by the results.
As temperatures drop and rainfall increases the growth of grass tends to slow down in preparation for winter.
The first lawn job in September is to adjust the cutting height so the grass is left a little longer at each cut. During the period it’s a good idea to rake or scarify the whole lawn to pull out any dead material, called ‘thatch’ this will also lift up any grass runners so they can be trimmed by the mower. A spring-tine rake is the ideal tool for the job, it can be hard work so don’t forget Greener Gardens have the tools and machinery to do this for you.
Autumn is great time to apply a specially formulated lawn food that will encourage a stronger root system and harden off growth is always recommended, many proprietary brands contain a mosskiller that will control the first infestations of moss that spreads so easily in autumn wet weather.
Grow your Own…
Tomatoes, sweet peppers and aubergines growing in pots or planters will still need watering regularly and feeding each week to encourage quick ripening and maximum flavour. To encourage maximum sunshine onto the fruits it is well worth removing a few of the lower leaves that are shading the ripening fruit.
If you would like help with any lawn or patio cleaning projects, don’t hesitate to call Greener Gardens on 0115 837 8439 or www.greenergardens.co.uk. We would be delighted to provide a FREE no obligation quotation.
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