September is generally a cooler, gustier month than August and the days start to become noticeably shorter.
While there’s not as much to do in the ornamental garden at this time of the year, if you have a fruit or vegetable patch harvesting crops will keep you busy this month. There is plenty of work to do tidying and maintaining plants and equipment, and, thinking ahead it’s also time to get out and start planting spring-flowering bulbs for next year. Make the most of the remaining warmth while you can!
Here are 6 jobs to do in the garden in September to keep you busy and start the process of getting the garden ready for winter:
Divide herbaceous perennials – herbaceous perennials grow at different rates and some plants need dividing more often than others. On average, dividing every four years is recommended unless you want to reproduce more plants faster.
Pick autumn raspberries – and if you haven’t already cut back the fruited canes, leaving new green canes for next year’s crop.
Feed and deadhead hanging baskets and container plants – if you do this they might just last until the start of the first frosts.
Dig up remaining potatoes before slug damage spoils them – then spread them out to dry in a cool, dark place and only store disease-free tubers.
Plant spring flowering bulbs from September before the first frosts – tulips, crocus, daffodils will fill your garden with colour next spring.
Raise pots off the ground for the winter – use bricks or ‘pot feet’, to prevent waterlogging.