September

Sow Grass seed and repair lawns 

It is the best time of year to sow or lay new turf and to repair patches or worn-out areas. If it is a worn area or small patch of grass that needs replacing, rake away any weeds and moss, and scatter grass seed over the area. Water it well and keep it damp, the seed should begin to germinate in several days. But do not mow it for at least a month. If it is a larger area that requires new turf to be laid, loosen the soil first and cut a piece of turf to fit, make sure that the edges are butted tightly to the existing grass. Again, it should not be mowed or walked on until its roots have established.  

Plant Biennials 

Now is the best time to plant biennials. They germinate and establish foliage in one growing season and produce their flowers in the next. Planting foxgloves, wallflowers and honesty’s now, will ensure they develop a strong root-system in time for winter.  

Prune shrub roses 

Simply begin by clipping away the long straggly shoots, trimming the plant down to two thirds of its former size in a domed shape. This month’s pruning aim is to keep the shrub healthy and full of flowers next year.   Then in March, when they have no foliage, you can remove any damaged or rubbing stems. 

Plant spring bulbs 

It’s the time for planting spring bulbs. The first to plant should be daffodils, plant them at a depth of three times their own depth. Planting them too shallow is one of the main reasons why daffodils do not develop. Other spring bulbs you can plant include crocus, hyacinths and bluebells, plus many more.  

Pick Apples 

Start to pick Apples at least once a week, gently lift and twist the apple and it will easily come away if it is ripe enough to pick.  If they do not come away easily, they are not ready to pick. Stored your apples in a cool and dark area and they will keep for months, if picked without any bruises or blemishes.