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Is it getting quieter in the garden from September? Wrong! September is particularly labor intensive. You can find out what there is to do here.
If you think that a gardening season is limited to the months of May to August, you are wrong. Of course, this is the main time when the plants start to grow, bloom and bear fruit, but if you take it seriously, there is something to do in the garden all year round. In winter, for example, protective measures have to be taken or plants have to be brought forward occasionally. Of course, it always depends on how your own garden is structured and designed.
" My advice: With a detailed garden calendar, you always have a clear view of what needs to be done in the garden and when.
In this post I would like to go into September in particular. Because although the actual “garden time” is over, this month is still very busy.
7 gardening for September
September is the optimal planting month for some plants. These include, for example, the peonies and irises. Due to the still warm soil, the plants have very good chances to form new roots before winter sets in and to bloom in abundance in the coming spring.
»By the way: Most nurseries only sell peonies in the fall. This is because the small shoot tips could break off during transport in the spring.
Winterlings are also planted in September. The tubers should be placed in warm water for 24 hours beforehand, otherwise they would dry up in the air.
2. Divide and prune perennials
Particular attention can also be paid to the perennials in the garden in September. Perennials that have grown too large can be divided. But only when you have faded. Simply loosen the root ball in the earth with a digging fork. Now take a sharp spade or a large knife and divide the perennial so that a piece is at least the size of a fist and has at least two shoot tips. When doing this, be sure to remove any dried up and diseased root parts.
»By the way: Smaller sections grow into robust and vigorous plants faster than large sections.
You should wait a while longer with the radical pruning of the perennial. Even if everything is already dry and no longer looks beautiful, you should give the plant a little more time. They draw the last reserves of strength from the leaves and thus strengthen themselves even more for the coming winter time.
3. Maintain lawn & re-sow
The lawn is often very stressed in summer, which is why it deserves an extra helping of care in autumn. You can also use September to repair bare patches in the lawn or re-sow the lawn. The weather conditions are optimal in September - a little more moisture and the soil is still warm, so that the seeds start to germinate quickly.
" Tip: Continue blowing up the lawn at warm temperatures.
Before the reseeding is applied, the soil must be prepared. This includes loosening them up. Old and dried up grass residues should be removed beforehand, otherwise reseeding has no chance of growing.
" Important: Do not apply slow release fertilizer to the lawn in autumn. The result would be that the lawn would go into the winter season with thin and soft blades. These are very susceptible to frost and diseases. Instead, use a fertilizer with a high potassium content, which ensures that the lawn is strengthened and survives the cold season well.
4. Rake leaves
The first leaves fall from the trees in September. Above all, you should remove this from the lawn. If the leaves remain, the lawn underneath starts to rot. In addition, the humid climate is a perfect place for mushroom development.
The leaves can remain on other areas because they serve as frost protection and fertilizer and also provide shelter for insects in winter.
Foliage has no business in the garden pond. It causes poor water quality with strong algae formation. To prevent this, you should stretch special nets over your garden pond before the leaves fall from the trees.
5. Collect and dry seeds
The propagation of some plants is very easy. All you have to do is collect and dry the seeds, and then you can plant them next year.
The best time to collect the seeds is a warm and dry day in September. Then you can harvest the seeds of sunflowers, tagetes, delphiniums, marigolds & Co. It should definitely be a dry day, otherwise the seeds are moist and the risk of rotting is increased.
Open the seed pod and take out the seeds. Then you should put them on newsprint to dry for a few days. Alternatively, a matchbox can be used. The cardboard removes moisture from the seeds. If you prefer to collect the seeds in a jar (be sure to label them!), You should put a piece of paper in with them. Then just put it in a dark place during the winter. Seeds stored in this way can germinate for up to three years. If you still want to be on the safe side, just do a germ test beforehand.
6. Place the flower bulb
After it is often dreary and gray in winter or everything is covered by a white blanket of snow, we are looking forward to the first little harbingers of spring that bring color to the bed again. These include snowdrops, daffodils and corks. September is the ideal time to plant these bulbs in the ground. Make sure that the floor is permeable. For particularly heavy soils, you should add a little gravel. This also protects flower bulbs sensitive to moisture, such as lilies and tulips, from rotting.
»By the way: You should delay the setting of tulip bulbs as much as possible to protect them from the voracious common mice.
7. Clear away the fruit
Fruit that has fallen from the trees should be picked up directly. The longer the fruit lies, the more wasps are attracted to it. And we usually always have them at the dining table. So don't wait too long.
Remember that wasps are protected and killing, injuring and catching animals is punished with heavy fines.
Furthermore, the fall fruit, especially if it is a little longer, can breed new pests. These can then infect surrounding plants. In addition, the fruit starts to mold at some point and smells unpleasant.
" Tip: Hedgehogs, insects and birds enjoy small pieces of fruit. But really only leave small amounts.
In spite of all the gardening that will come up in September, you should never forget to enjoy your garden to the fullest. Winter is coming faster than you think.