September, the start of autumn, is a great time to get on with some gardening, especially if the weather is mild. The forecast is looking good for this year - dry, fine and pleasantly warm weather - but please don't hold me to it! And during Indian summers, you can still enjoy evenings outside having barbecues and indulging in outdoor eating and entertaining. Let's make the most of this autumn.
There's still plenty to do in the garden. There’s a bounty of fruit and veg to harvest and a host of hardy plants to plant out to keep the garden colour and interest going and planning ahead for next year. Looking after your summer flower displays will ensure they continue flowering well into the autumn.
If your summer bedding is coming to an end, it’s time to keep the colour going in the garden and on the patio by planting out autumn, winter and spring bedding. It will provide months of flowers, colour, garden interest and pleasure.
Spring-flowering bulbs are the perfect partners for bedding plants. September is the time to plant your bulb displays ready for months of colour from all your favourites: daffodils, tulips, snowdrops, crocuses, hyacinths and cyclamen.
Of course, if you want your garden to look fabulous at this time of year, there are a few jobs you'll need to get on with, including:
It's also a good time to treat your hard surfaces - patios, fences etc - to control moss and algae.