Taking care of your plants in September
In the month of September nature gives you a foretaste of autumn and the most special and beautiful autumnal will start to appear in your garden. And there is more than enough to do to care for your plants.
Here are some tasks that you can carry out this month:
- Now is the time to plant deciduous shrubs, roses and trees.
- If you wish to divide perennials, take them up now, divide and replant the young (outer) parts of the plant.
- Plant new perennials in your borders now. The soil is still warm and this will allow them to develop new roots quickly. By the time winter comes they will be well established.
- Remember to put the rootball of pot-grown plants in a bucket of water before you plant them out. They need to take in as much water as possible. However, never plant in waterlogged soil.
- Plant spring-flowering flower bulbs now. You can place tulips, hyacinths and daffodils in the traditional patterns (set distances), or you could opt for the natural look. In this case, sprinkle a few handfuls of bulbs loosely over the soil and plant them where they fall.
- Add winter colour by planting ornamental cabbage, hardy pansies and shrubs with colourful berries.
- Evergreen shrubs, conifers and climbers can be planted or transplanted this month.
- However, if you want to leave transplanting until next month, you can prepare for that now. Dig a trench in a large circle around the base of the plant to cut its roots and fill the trench with peat dust. When you are ready to go ahead with the transplant it will then be much faster and easier.