Tips for September 2020

August 30, 2020 9:10 am Published by

At the end of the month cut down asparagus foliage.

Plant spring flowering bulbs such as crocus, daffodils, hyacinths and muscari. Plant tulips in November to reduce the problem with tulip fire.

Plant autumn onion sets (1 in) deep in drills(2-4 ins) apart.

Keep camellia and rhododendron well watered, now is when they are forming flower buds for next spring’s display.

Apply barrier glue or grease bands to fruit trees at the end of the month to deter winter moth.

Plant new strawberry plants for fruiting next year as soon as possible.

Finish feeding shrubs in containers so that they don’t put on new growth vulnerable to frost.

Plant out spring cabbage and spring greens (mid September to mid October).

Cut out the fruited canes of berries and hybrid berries, including summer raspberries, blackberries, loganberries and tayberries. Leave the new green canes as these will crop next year.

Scarify, aerate and top dress established lawns while soil temperature are warm to repair or reinvigorate. Feed lawns with a proprietary low nitrogen, high potassium autumn lawn feed. Reduce mowing frequency as growth slows.