September Garden Tips
Now's the time to add compost, fertilise the lawn and add nutrients back into the soil.
Get rid of pests and do weeding while the soil is still moist. Plant snow peas, onions, radishes and herbs, plus don't forget the flowers to add some colour.
- Successful cropping starts with Living Earth Garden Mix, our 100% weed-free growing mix, packed with fertiliser and Living Earth's famous compost!
- Do lots of hand-weeding while the soil's still moist - creates room for new and spreading plants.
- Sow a crop of snow peas, onions or radishes.
- It's early to plant out tomatoes capsicum or zucchini, but you can place tender young seedlings under cloches (cut-off plastic drink bottles will do) in the garden. Or, try them in pots under the eaves in a sunny spot.
- Herbs such as sage, coriander, parsley and thyme can be planted - but basil is much more susceptible to cold, so wait a month or so.
- Go forward with the fertilising! After the wet winter, lawns will be looking for nutrients that have probably washed through the soil. Apply Prolawn Turfmaster Gold - it's perfect for all lawn types.
- Go floral - plant fashion's darlings - gladioli and dahlia bulbs, delphiniums and larkspurs - but sprinkle slug bait or use the beer trick (below) to ensure they don't get lopped off in their prime.
- The Beer Trick - tip some beer into a small marmite size jar and half bury in the garden near prized new vegetable and ornamental seedlings. Make sure part of the jar is angled level with the soil so slugs and snails can crawl in. It's very effective in catching them.
- Cats be gone - they don't like the smell of citrus, so if they're digging in your best soil, sprinkle citrus - lemon, mandarin, lime and orange skins, over it.
- Fruit trees and ornamental cherries that are prone to diseased leaves later in the season, can be sprayed with copper now, as long as they are not yet in bloom.