Your September Gardening To-Do-List
Now that Spring is here – its time to get stuck into the garden! While lawn care is on the top of our agenda, there are a few other things we have to do in the garden to bring it back to life after a long Winter.
- To revive your lawn you will need to start watering and feeding regularly. You can also stimulate regrowth in bare patches by adding a thin layer of compost onto of your lawn.
- Make sure your lawnmower is ready for summer by sharpening or replace those blades.
- No need to replace your winter-damaged begonias, simply prune and trim them to help stimulate new growth. A healthy dose of water-soluble fertiliser should also do the trick.
- In Spring your roses will need to be protected against disease and fungus so be sure to spray them with a mix of Rosecare, Seagro and vinegar. Always spray in early in the morning or late afternoon – never in the heat of the day.
- Now is also the time to control insects in your vegetable garden – so be sure to ask for insect spray at 4 Seasons.
- You can start spraying your fruit trees against fruit flies once 75% of the blossoms have dropped.
- Since September has been known to be a bit hot and dry, add a nice layer of mulch around plants to be water wise this season. Waterwise groundcovers can also be beneficial as they will keep the roots of surrounding plants cool and prevent weeds from growing.
- Remove the last of your winter veg and prepare your beds for your summer vegetables. Add some good compost, fertiliser and bone meal to the soil.
- In September you can fertilise rose bushes and start watering to twice a week.
- Be sure to give a nice dose of 2:3:2 and 4:1:1 fertiliser to your lawn, 3:1:5 to your trees and fruit trees to give them a head start in Spring.
- Weed the garden regularly now and save yourself a lot of trouble later in the year. Treat weeds on paving, pathways and in gravelled areas with a non selective herbicide.
South Africa celebrates Arbour Week in the first week of September annually. So from the 1st to the 8th of September we highly suggest partaking in this initiative!
What to Plant
- If you’re planning to join in on Arbour Week we suggest indigenous trees like the false olive, wild pear or lavender trees.
- Perennials and ornamental grasses can be divided and transplanted now to revamp the garden in Spring.
- Clivias – these beautiful indigenous perennials can now be planted!
- Strawberry plants can also be planted in beds, pots or hanging baskets
- Berries of all kinds can be planted now – and to ensure a good crop, prepare your soil with a fork, add compost and fertiliser before planting.
- Herbs to plant now include thyme, rosemary, marjoram, oregano, basil, rocket, parsley and mint.
- Perennials such as Scabiosa, Felicia, Argyranthemum, Salvia, Pelargoniums, Osteospermum and Aquilegia should be in full flower at the moment and ought to instantly bring Spring into your garden!
What to Sow
- Sow beans, beetroot, radishes, carrots, spinach, Swiss Chard, potatoes, tomatoes, sweet peppers, chillies and lettuce now.
- Beautiful summer bulbs such as cannas, dahlias, gladiolus, golden arum, nerines, spider lilies, tigridia, and watsonias should be available at 4 Seasons now and can be planted now.
- Be sure to attract the birds and bees back to your garden with bird feeders and blooming plants and berries.
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