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Garden Diary, things to do in the garden in the Autumn (September)


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    WILL
HART’S GARDENING DIARY

   


SEPTEMBER


 


FRUIT


 


·        

Pick perpetual strawberries, autumn fruiting
rasps, blackberries, blueberries, plums, damsons, peaches, figs, and early
and mid season apples, pears.

 


·        

Order new fruit trees and bushes.

 


·        

Complete summer pruning of apples and pears.

 


·        

Prepare for fruit storage, clean wooden trays and
boxes.

 


·        

Prune plums and damsons immediately after
cropping.

 


·        

Remove dead wood on wall trained cherries,
shorten pinched back shoots and complete tying in, cut out or tie down
strong vertical shoots.

 


·        

Continue to plant strawberries.

 


·        

Complete the pruning and tying in of summer
fruiting gooseberries.

 


·        

Prune blackcurrants. take cuttings from healthy
plants.

 


·        

Cut off mildewed tips of gooseberry shoots and
dispose of, take cuttings.

 


·        

Cut off old canes of blackberries and hybrid
berries after fruiting and tie in the new, in cold districts bundle the
canes together after leaf fall and tie to a lower wire during October or
November before frosts begin.

 


·        

Give final sprays to apples against bitter pit.

 


·        

Outdoor vines protect ripening fruit from birds
by covering by netting, fold back leaves to also assist ripening.

 


·        

Remove any damaged or mouldy grapes; check 2 or 3
times a week.

 

 


LAWNS


 


·        

Increase interval between mowing and slightly
increase the height of cut.

 


·        

Worms usually become active at this time of year,
no longer any chemicals the amateur can use, use a besom to sweep away
worm casts, these make ideal weed seed beds if left alone so that the
mower runs over them.

 


·        

Use an autumn fertilizer if the lawn is pale and
thin.

 


·        

Carry out lawn repairs towards the middle or end
of the month, bumps, hollows, broken edges and bare patches can be
corrected.

 


·        

Scarify first then spike any compacted areas,
then top dress with proportions of soil, peat, and sand.

 


·        

Treat any areas of diseased turf with a suitable
proprietary fungicide.

 


·        

Tackle moles this month.

 


·        

Best time for sowing grass seed for new lawns or
repair work.

 

 


GARDEN

        
 


·        

Prepare for planting new hedges this autumn by
digging a 3ft wide strip by however long and incorporating well rotted
manure into the subsoil.

 


·        

Propagate shrubs such as privet, Lonicera nitida,
Lavandula, Rosmarinus, Aucuba, shoots 6-9″ with a heel and insert
into 3″ deep in a slit lined with sand.

 


·        

Keep roses tidy remove faded blooms by pruning
back to a good bud lower down the stem.

 


·        

Plant bulbs in lawns by removing a square of
lawn, place bulbs in hole and place square of turf back.

 


·        

Untidy looking vigorous climbers can be tidied up
now by just pruning to shape

 


·        

Gladiolus corms should be lifted once the foliage
has died down, dry and clean the corms and store in a frost free area
until time to replant.


GARDENING BY MONTH


Gardening in January

Gardening in February
Gardening in March
Gardening in April
Gardening in May
Gardening in June
Gardening in July
Gardening in August
Gardening in September
Gardening in October
Gardening in November


Gardening in December

 

The above helpful advice
has been reproduced by kind permission of Will Hart, whose experience
includes working for Blackburn Rovers FC (as a groundsman at their
Training Ground, Academy and Ewood Park), for the Sultan of Oman (at
his French residence in Fontainebleau, south of Paris) at the 1999 Martell
Grand National at Aintree and for a variety of different sized local
gardens and estates.  Impressive credentials I am sure you will
agree!


 

 

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