Gardening - September Tips and To-dos

Sunday, September 08, 2019

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September should bring relief to gardens and signal the start of a new season for gardeners in areas that were previously too warm for anything but hothouse tropicals, as well as southern hemisphere gardens. So whether you are beginning the process of putting your garden to bed or gearing up for a fresh start, September can be one of the busiest months for you. Let's just hope the weather cooperates!

Garden Tasks for Everyone


Stop pruning and fertilising.

Bring summer vacationing houseplants back indoors while the windows are still open. Check carefully for hitchhiking pests.

Start fall clean-up in the flower beds, cutting back anything that has finished blooming or is diseased.

Photograph your gardens and containers for a record of the year's triumphs and frustrations.

Give the compost a last turn.


Flowers and Other Ornamental Plants

Divide and move perennials.

Dig and store tender bulbs, like dahlias, caladiums, cannas and tuberous begonias.

Start planting spring flowering bulbs.



Harvest remaining vegetables, including green tomatoes.



Clean up fallen fruit.


Trees & Shrubs

Plant trees and shrubs. Keep well watered, if there isn't sufficient rain.



Dispose of any diseased or infested plant debris.


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