September is the beginning of spring and time to get ready for the warmer days ahead. It’s a great time to plant pretty much anything and undertake an outdoor spring clean. There’s lots to do in the garden but don’t get overwhelmed; just aim to do a little each week and you’ll have it under control in no time. Or Get in touch with professional to take the burden away from you.
Top tips for Planting in September
- Plant seeds for flowers and vegetables for summer
- Fertilise strawberries to encourage a bumper crop
- Get weeds under control
- Apply a slow-release lawn food to all grassed areas
- Use a metal rake to remove any build-up of thatch
- If looking a bit sparse – reseed or returf bare areas of the lawn
- Increase watering of potted plants as the weather warms up
- Apply a slow-release fertiliser to all potted plants
- Tidy up ornamental grasses to promote new growth
- Fertilise all plants and lawns as growth resumes
- Prune hibiscus and also prune plants that flowered in winter and early spring
- Plant herbs such as parsley, mint, coriander, and oregano
- Renew mulch on garden beds – cover the soil with compost and then cover with a layer of mulch
- Divide and repot cymbidium orchids after flowering
- Watch for pests on new growth such as aphids and snails. Aphids can be squashed or treated.
- Snails and slugs can be trapped or deterred
- Repot potted plants that are root bound
- Divide herbaceous clumping plants as new growth resumes
- Dead head spring annuals and bulbs
September is also a great time to spring clean your backyard ready to spend more time outside having fun, relaxing and entertaining. Check all your outdoor furniture and equipment (including cubby houses, trampolines, swing sets). Clean and repaint or re-oil outdoor furniture as required. Check and tighten nuts and bolts. Sweep or water-blast paved areas to remove mould or moss build-up as well as accumulated leaves and dirt. Clean the BBQ and replenish the gas bottles so you’re all set to enjoy the warmer weather that September brings.