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September Gardening Jobs

  • Sowing grass seed on sparse or worn patches of lawn should see quick growth. If you have a particularly worn area, dig it over to alleviate compacted soil and scatter the seeds or replace with a new piece of turf

  • Whilst attending to a tired lawn and preparing for next year, you could also take the time to scarify, or aerate, your grass

  • September should be a good month for ripening fruit, so make sure to pick them when ready

  • Pot spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils, crocus and iris - making sure they have good drainage

  • Prune shrub roses

  • You can replace your summer bedding plants with winter varieties

  • Cut back the dead stems of summer-fruiting raspberries

  • At the end of the month, start moving tender plants undercover to shield from the cold

  • Sow winter onions and quick-growing salad crops such as spinach, spring onions, rocket, dill, and pak choi

  • Harvest your onions when the leaves are starting to wilt. You can store them in a paper or net bag, or garden tray until you need them

  • Trim back lavender after flowering, removing any dead stalks and about 1 inch of leaf growth -  this should help reduce the risk of it becoming woody and unruly