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Garden Diary

This Months Garden Diary
September

Autumn is 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 central areas away from the influence of the sea. 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 . . .
Late autumn colour from echinacea, dahlias, asters and Japanese anemones in white and pink should give height and interest to flower borders at this time of the year. Many bedding plants took pride of place in August and unless we are blessed with a late ‘Indian summer’ of warm, sunny days, will also be coming to the end of their useful life.

It’s always a dilemma to know when it is most appropriate to dig out these flowering wonders, but cold nights and the need to get planting spring bulbs and autumn bedding will urge you on as their blooming potential wanes.

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. A thorough spray of foliage with Glyphosphate based weedkiller will not only kill the stem, but the roots as well.

Patio Tubs & Baskets…
Bedding and hanging baskets should be still going strong if you have fed and watered them regularly. Without supplementary feeding you may find that the plants have exhausted any background nutrients in the compost and with the resulting leaves pale yellow the plants are unable to produce more flowers. 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.

Lawncare…
As temperatures drop and rainfall increases then the growth of grass tends to slow down in preparation for winter hibernation. The first lawn job in September is to adjust the cutting height of the blades so the grass is left a little longer at each cut.

Autumn is a great time for lawn renovations, after the spring rains and summer heat 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.

Following the dry summer months spiking the lawn surface with a garden fork or our professional aerator will ensure that all available moisture gets down evenly to the roots rather than running off to the edges of the lawn.

An application of Autumn lawn food will encourage a stronger root system and harden off growth is always recommended, many proprietary brands also contains a mosskiller that will control the first infestations of this moss that spreads so easily in autumn wet weather.

If all this sounds a little daunting why not call Greener Gardens, we would be delighted to help out with a plan to get the best from your lawn in 2019

Grow your Own…
Vegetables should be being harvested right through September and some of them stored away for winter use. Some people freeze their excess crop of runner (stick) beans and French beans.

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.

There is still time to sow baby salad leaves in window boxes in compost or on the windowsill in a decorative herb planter.

Wrap grease bands around the stems of fruit trees to catch the grubs of the climbing winter moth.

If you would like help with any lawn or hard surface projects, don’t hesitate to call Greener Gardens on 0115 837 8439. We would be delighted to provide a no obligation quotation.

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