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September Jobs

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Our full guide to all of the jobs to do in the garden in September
What to do in the garden in September

September is a glorious month in the garden and a time for harvesting. While the weather can fluctuate in temperature, it's possible to experience chilly mornings or some late summer sun, so it's better to prepare for anything!

On less than lovely days, you could spend some time organising the shed or greenhouse in preparation for overwintering tender plants, so roll your sleeves up and give it a good scrub ready for the months ahead.

As summer bedding and hardy perennials die back this month, remove all dead growth and check for signs of disease. If you find any diseased foliage, we recommend burning it to prevent it from spreading further and add the non-diseased plant material to your compost heap, if you have one!

If you'd like more blooms in spring, it's time to finish planting spring bulbs, but wait to plant tulip bulbs until November

For the full list of jobs to do in the garden this month, take a look below.

Happy gardening!

Ornamental Garden:

  • Continue to deadhead.
  • Begin to clear leaves as necessary.
  • Keep borders clear of weeds.
  • Take cuttings of tender perennials.
  • Continue to deadhead bedding plants.  
  • Plan for next year’s garden displays.
  • Collect seed from perennials / hardy annuals.
  • Start planting spring bulbs.
  • Lift and divide herbaceous perennials.
  • Start planting trees and shrubs towards the end of the month and move evergreen shrubs etc. while the soil is still warm.
  • Prune lavender.
  • Collect and get rid of any infected rose leaves.

Vegetable Garden:
  • Once the tassels on sweet corn have turned brown check whether the cobs are ready to harvest. 
  • Leave marrows, squashes, pumpkins etc. to ripen on the plant. Place fruit on a wooden board to prevent soiling.
  • Plant autumn onion sets.
  • Lift onions and shallots and allow to dry out. 
  • Prune fruit trees.
  • Continue harvesting fruit.
  • Harvest maincrop potatoes.
  • Sow winter greens such as land cress, mustard spinach, corn salad and hardy lettuce cultivars.


Other Garden Jobs

  • Empty and tidy up the greenhouse.
  • Rake, aerate and feed lawns. If the lawn is showing signs of wear sow grass seed. 
  • Make your own compost heap with plant debris.

Seeds to sow in September

Not sure what to grow this month? Here are our top seeds to sow this month.
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