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Jobs to do in your garden in September

As the fruit ripens and dahlias and chrysanthemums come into full bloom, shortening days are a sure sign that the year is moving on. Before the summer display is completely over for another year, it’s a good idea to have a wander around and assess how plants have performed and if they need to be removed completely. Sometimes you have to be tough and if a plant hasn’t come up to expectations, then it has to go. There is no point wasting time and effort on a plant that, no matter how hard you try, just won’t grow well. It might be as simple as a colour clash; just make a note and move the offending plants.




Trees and shrubs

While the soil is still relatively warm is an ideal time to move trees and shrubs, provided they are not too well established. If a plant has got to be moved, dig around, as far from the base as you can and as deep as possible, to take up a large area of root. If it’s a very big shrub you may have to enlist the help of a kind friend. Wrap the roots in hessian or polythene sheeting under the root ball to retain moisture. Tie the sheet up and move the plant to its new location. Dig a hole big enough to take the root ball without having to cram the roots in. Be sure to plant to the same depth as before. Put the plant in the hole, pull the wrapping out from under the roots and gradually fill in the hole. Work the soil right in and gently firm with your boot as you go. Water in well and stake the plant if it’s in an exposed place.

Plant container grown trees and shrubs now while the soil is still warm. This means that the roots can become established before winter sets in and the plants will get off to a flying start in the spring. Because the soil is relatively moist there’s no need to pay much attention to watering, saving you time.



Lawn care

Lawns require less frequent mowing now and once you have mowed it, trim the edges. This makes a huge difference to the overall appearance of your lawn and is very simple to do. Use a pair of lawn-edging shears to cut away and long grass that is beginning to encroach into the borders. Ideally you should do this after every mowing but at this time of year, once done, it should stay looking neat and tidy for the colder months ahead.



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