September Gardening Tips
1. Time Saving Tip: Crush the stems of the weed horse tail by walking on them before applying glyphosate.
2. Money Saving Tip: When cleaning up the vegetable area cut the foliage off the peas and beans when they are finished. Leave the roots in the ground where the nitrogen nodules they have produced will do some good.
3. Continue to dead head bush roses removing the old flowers before they produce seed. Cut the stems two leaves below the flower. With a bit of luck you will be rewarded with a brilliant swan song of flower before winter.
4. The grass is staying wet for longer in the morning. Even on a dry day the dew is slow to disappear. Cut the dry grass before evening on a regular basis. Long wet grass is difficult to cut and will take longer than cutting it twice when short and dry.
5. Pruning loganberries is a simple but essential job. Cut out the canes which fruited this year making the cut as close to the base as possible. Tie in the new stems arching them over. These will produce next seasons fruit.
6. Earwigs can make a mess of dahlia flowers by chewing the petals. Spraying with chemicals is not very effective but they are easily trapped. Hang flower pots filled with straw on canes among the dahlias. Every morning shake the pots over a fire or into the bin. The pests love to rest up in the straw.
7. House plants which have been outside for their summer holidays should be lifted in their pots, cleaned off and brought back indoors before the weather deteriorates. Check closely that pests including ants and slugs are not sneaking in with them.
8. When you are planting bulbs in the flower border it is advisable to mark their position with a cane. Once they disappear into the soil it is easy to forget where they were planted digging them up again when you are planting something else.
9. Now is the time to feed shrubs and hedges with a high potash liquid fertilizer to harden the young growths.