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This Months Garden Diary

Most Septembers are blessed with a spell of ‘Indian Summer’ weather, when high temperatures deny the fact that autumn is just around the corner, and we have hit the high spot of mellow fruitfulness. Rainfall will be a regular feature, usually in heavy downpours, accompanied by thunder and lightning.

Beds and Borders...

If autumn is a lean time in your flower borders, fill the gaps with suitable plants or just squeeze a few pots of colour between fading beauties. Garden centres will have plenty of plants in bloom including the reds, yellows and oranges of perennial Rudbeckias, Echinacea and Helenium and a wide variety of Michaelmas daisies (Aster Novi-belgii) that vary in colour from blue, through purples, to pink and red.

Autumn is nature’s best time for planting shrubs and trees. The cooler temperatures above ground mean that shoots, stems and leaves all stop growing - whereas below ground the soil temperature stays warm enough to encourage the spread and growth of roots. If you aim to finish your planting by the end of October, your new plants will be well established before winter sets in.

Plant new roses, shrubs and trees while the soil is still warm. For coloured berries and winter colour consider Cotoneaster, Pyracantha and Callicarpa. For winter and early spring colour look to Viburnum, Mahonia, Camellia and Forsythia. Summer flowers are easily available from shrubs including mock orange (Philadelphus), Potentilla and Ceanothus. Autumn colour use Buddleia, Hebes, Hypericum and  Hibiscus.

Most lawns will have suffered from the summer weather, combined with normal wear and tear, now is the ideal time for some attention to get them looking thick, healthy and attractive ready for next Spring. 

Here are a few tips from your local lawn experts on how to prepare your lawn for the winter and make sure it is thick and healthy for a really green start next spring.

Autumn Feeding.
As we regularly cut our lawns and take the goodness away, we need to put this back if we are to have a great looking lawn. By feeding and regular mowing you will make your grass stronger and more resistant to wear, tear and winter disease. Autumn feeding will reduce moss and give your lawn a great start next spring.  After a moss control is applied , ou should expect the moss to go black, when it dies, rake out and the surrounding grass will naturally fill this gap.

Lawn Weed Control
There are “Selective” weed killers specially, designed for use on your lawns, its not too late to use these and they will not kill the grass.

Lawn Repair - Choosing the right Grass Seed
All lawns will benefit from over seeding, most will need a general purpose, such as Green Velvet All Rounder. For showcase lawns, typically the front lawn, use specially selected “Fine Grass Mixtures”; and in those shady areas, best results will be achieved using a shade tolerant seed. All have different germination periods, so keep well watered until germination has occurred. Greener Gardens have a range of grass seed, access our range via our shop www.greenergardens.co.uk/shop

Greener Gardens, your local independent lawncare specialists are able to help with all your lawn needs including aeration, scarification and overseeding.

Patio Tubs & Baskets…
Buy your bulbs from the garden centre early in the season so you have the pick of the bunch when it comes to variety and colour. Some bulbs such as Daffodils, Chionodoxa, Snowdrop, Winter Cconite, Crocus and Anemone Blanda appreciate being planted in September.

For winter display you can’t rely on flowering plants to produce colour or interest. That’s why you need to introduce evergreen plants and variegated leaf forms to mix with your chosen flowers. There are several very useful herbs that are evergreen for most of the year, including Thyme and Sage. The Common Thyme is a hardy perennial with small yellowish leaves and small purple flowers, whilst the variegated Sage has cream and green splashed leaves, with new foliage carrying attractive pink edges. Both herbs can be pinched out regularly to provide useful fresh flavourings to soups and casseroles.

Grow your Own…
Plenty of fruit will be available for picking in September including autumn raspberries, thornless blackberries, figs, damsons, apples and pears.

Flowers that form on your outdoor tomatoes in September won’t have enough time to set fruit and ripen. So instead of letting the plants waste all that energy, it is prudent to pinch out the growing tips so the plant can put all its energy into ripening the fruits already in growth. Collect all courgettes and marrows while they are still quite small and tasty. Optimum size for eating are 10cm (4”) for courgettes and no bigger than 25cm (10”) for marrows.

If you would like help with any lawn or patio cleaning 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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