This month's Jobs September
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- Shade your greenhouse with netting on sunny days but take it off the glass on dull days to let in as much light as possible.
- Top up ponds with water if the level has dropped through a warm, dry spell.
- Make sure that water butts are clean and sited properly, ready to catch the winter rain.
Patio and Container Gardening
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- Plant up containers with spring flowering bulbs and winter bedding plants. Half hardy Cyclamen and trailing Ivies can also be planted now to give colour in a sheltered spot through the winter.
- Feed Camellias in pots with sequestered iron to prevent the leaves turning yellow.
- Raise pots up on pot feet or bricks to prevent them becoming waterlogged through the winter.
Bulbs and Perennials
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- Begin to plant spring flowering bulbs starting with Crocus and Daffodils. Tulips are best purchased now, before they sell out, but planted in November.
- Plant up prepared Hyacinths and Narcissus ‘Paperwhite’ now so that they will flower inside over the Christmas break.
- Place upturned flowerpots filled with straw or newspaper on canes to attract earwigs and keep them away from Dahlia flowers.
- Cut down perennials that have finished flowering and mulch the soil surface with well rotted manure or garden compost.
- Continue to remove the dead heads from late perennials to prolong flowering.
- Cut the dried heads of Sedum flowers, finish drying them inside and use for winter arrangements.
Trees and Shrubs
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- Remove any plain green shoots that have developed on variegated evergreens. Try to pull them off or cut them as close as possible to the main stem.
- Autumn is a great time for planting trees and shrubs – especially evergreens including conifers.
- Water spring flowering evergreens such as Camellias and Rhododendrons to ensure that they do not drop their flower buds during a dry spell of weather.
- Prune bush Roses that have finished flowering back by half to prevent wind rock through the winter months.
Sowing and Planting
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- Save seeds from annuals such as Love in a Mist (Nigella) and Californian Poppies (Eschscholzia) for next year.
- Pot up clumps of Chives and Parsley to sit on the kitchen window sill for winter use.
- Sow Sweet Peas in long pots or ‘rootrainers’ and keep them in a cold frame over the winter. They can be planted out early next spring for an earlier crop of flowers.
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- Raise the cutting height on your lawn mower blades and cut less frequently as grass growth slows down.
- Treat your lawn with an autumn lawn preparation. Do not be tempted to use up any spring treatments – the two are completely different!
- Use a moss killer to remove infestations in your lawn, especially if the area is damp and shady.
The Vegetable Garden
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- Thin out heavy crops of plums so that the branches do not break under the weight.
- Cut old, fruited canes of summer raspberries to the ground, thin out and tie in new canes for next year’s crop.
- Hoe between all winter crops whenever the weather is suitable to keep germinating weed seeds at bay.
- Sow hardy winter lettuce, spinach and turnips that can be harvested for their tops later in the year.
Our Ideas & Advice area has more helpful wildlife tips
- Take down nest boxes and clean them with disinfectant before drying them and putting them back up.
- Remember to leave some seed heads in your garden through the autumn as food for birds and other wildlife.
- Leave some leaf litter in the garden over the winter as cover for hibernating insects.
- Start to feed birds with fat balls and peanuts – high fat foods that will help them through the winter.
- Make sure that there is always fresh water available for drinking and bathing.
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- Visit your local garden centre and purchase spring flowering bulbs for planting over the next couple of months. Plant them into large pots if there are no gaps in the garden; these can be put into gaps in borders next spring for instant colour.
- Move evergreens that have outgrown their space in borders.
- Plan new borders for planting next spring.