TIPS for the garden in SEPTEMBER
September has arrived and spring is in the air!
So much happens in the garden during this beautiful time of the year.
Gardens are filled with flowers this month - as blossom trees burst into bloom and carpet the ground underneath with petals!
The air is filled with the beautiful scent of Chinese jasmine and with the warmer temperatures coming, some gardening tasks doesn't seem so challenging anymore!
Watch out for certain insects this month, spend some time weeding the garden – so it won’t get the best of you later this season, and don’t forget to fertilize!
As all the “re-growth” for the new season starts, you will notice an increase in insects (not the "gardener's friend" type but rather the unwelcome ones).
These will be feasting on the new, tender shoots and leaves.
*Visit Cape Garden for advice on the most effective way to control these unwelcome guests in your garden.
Pest to watch out for:
snails and slugs around newly planted seedlings
citrus psylla on lemons
leaf gall on azaleas
thrips on gladioli
There will also be an increase in the number of weeds in your garden, so a great deal of gardener’s time will be spent on this chore specifically.
It’s a good idea to remove these unwelcome greens regularly - before it gets out of
hand. Look out for weeds growing in between your plants in garden beds, but also on paving, pathways and in gravelled areas; and don’t let these overstay their visit – as it can set seed relatively quickly and spread even more!
Also check for weed growth in your lawn and preferably remove by hand where possible.
*Pop into your nearest Cape Garden branch for the best advice and to pick up all the products you will need to protect your garden this spring.
WHAT TO FEED:
Time and energy must be spent on feeding the garden during September as plants push out their new growth; attention must also be given to your lawn as this will be re-paid with improved and lush growth during the year.
Established fruit bearing plants can be given an application of 3.1.5.fertiliser.
A general, organic fertiliser, such as Kwik Gro, can be given to all trees, shrubs and plants in the garden.
Fertilise an established lawn with a product high in nitrogen – such as 7:1:3.
For a brand new lawn, only focus on root development initially – apply Super phosphate accordingly.
If soil is very sandy and poor, remove some soil and replace with compost. Mix through lightly and carefully.
And remember to mulch! Not only will this assist to keep more moisture in the soil, it will also reduce weeds from popping up in the garden AND it adds nutrients to the soil once it decomposes.
LESS IS MORE
...when it comes to watering the LAWN:
Train your lawn to be water wise, by watering it well only once a week – this will
encourage deeper root growth.
Also, never cut your lawn too short as this keeps the roots near the surface where they are more likely to dry out.
For new lawns, start preparing the soil with compost and bone meal, before sowing seeds or laying instant turf.