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What to do in the garden in September:

What to do in the garden in September:

This is one of the most rewarding months of the year, with apples and pears fruiting abundantly, brilliantly colourful autumn flowers and the weather often better than what we optimistically call 'summer'! Make the most of it with our jobs this month:

General tasks:

Plant new trees and shrubs as there's still warmth in the ground and moisture in the air, so roots establish quickly.

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September's plant of the month is the aster

September's plant of the month is the aster, also known as the Michaelmas daisy and a stalwart of the late-summer border with its cheery, daisy-like flowers in shades of mauve, pink and violet.

All asters flower for a satisfyingly long time, starting in late August and continuing often until the first frosts. They're much-loved by bees and butterflies, so perfect for the wildlife garden, and make wonderful cut flowers. What's more, they go with just about everything: p...

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Give wisteria its summer prune

Give wisteria its summer prune to keep it within bounds, prevent winter damage and encourage lots of those sumptuous long perfumed flower racemes next spring.

 

Your plant will by now be sprouting a jungle of long, whippy shoots in all directions: this not only looks messy,  but all that green growth is diverting the plant's energy into producing lots of extra shoots rather than ripening wood to make fat flower buds for next year.

 

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Tackle your pond weed

Tackle your pond weed before it takes over and swamps fish, plants and wildlife. Blanketweed, duckweed and 'pea soup' algae turn your pond green and cover the surface until your pond is completely obscured. It can really get going as the weather turns warm, but fight back now and you'll keep it under control.

 

Blanketweed: This clings to the sides of the pond and to the plants themselves, quickly clogging up your pond with its green hair-l...

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Keep chillies growing strongly

Keep chillies growing strongly by giving them the best possible conditions to form flowers and then fruit to set your tastebuds on fire this autumn.

 

The staff at West Dean Gardens in Chichester are past masters on the subject of chillies: they grow over 300 varieties, and their annual Chilli Fiesta takes place this week (see www.westdean.org.uk for more details). Among their top tips for growing your hot stuff to ...

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Get water wise

Get water wise this summer for savings on your water bills and to beat the drought conditions which have afflicted many gardeners in recent months.

 

These days it's hard to tell whether we'll be facing flooding or hosepipe bans: so it makes sense to hope for the best and prepare for the worst, saving rainwater when there's plenty of it so you've got good reserves for when there isn't. Here are just a few of the ways you can drought-proof your garden:

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August's plant of the month is the Phlox

August's plant of the month is the phlox, one of those plants no cottage garden border should be without. Quintessentially romantic, its fragrant clusters of pink, white or purple flowers release their perfume in the evenings: they're also a big favourite with bees and other pollinating insects making them ideal for the wildlife garden, too.

 

Modern-day varieties are bred to grow sturdy and healthy, so you don't need to do the staking once required by trad...

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Count your butterflies

Count your butterflies for this year's Big Butterfly Count, the initiative run by Butterfly Conservation which draws on ordinary gardeners to help monitor populations of this much-loved but endangered garden regular.

All you have to do is find a quiet spot somewhere in your garden any time between now and the end of August, sit down for 15 minutes and record any butterflies you see. You'll find an ID chart and full instructions on the website (

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Give your garden a late-summer makeover

Give your garden a late-summer makeover to spruce up your borders and encourage a second flush of flowers and foliage to take you into the autumn refreshed and raring to go.

Giving a haircut to perennials which flowered earlier in the season often encourages a late burst of flowers. Hardy geraniums respond really well to this: snip back all the top growth from early summer favourites like 'Rozanne', 'Philippe Vapelle' and 'Ann Folkard' to about 5cm above ground and the...

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What to do in the garden in August:

The garden is nothing if not colourful this month, what with the day-glo colours of late summer dazzling beneath brilliantly-coloured butterflies. Keep it looking gorgeous with our list of jobs to be getting on with this month:

 

General tasks:

Keep up with the harvest, whether it's fruit, vegetables or cutting flowers, as regular picking keeps the produce coming

 

Clear away early annuals once the...

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Help your lawn survive the summer

Help your lawn survive the summer by taking a few simple precautions which will help it get through the long, hot spell without lasting damage.

Luckily grass is incredibly resilient so even if yours is looking more like straw by now, it'll bounce back the moment the rain starts again. A little extra top growth helps protect the roots and keep them cool, though, so set the mower at a higher level than normal to prevent it drying out as much.

If you decide to water, a really good ...

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Enjoy a celebration of all that's good in gardening this week

Enjoy a celebration of all that's good in gardening this week as one of the country's friendliest garden shows gets under way at Tatton Park near Knutsford in Cheshire.

All your favourite features are at the North's most keenly anticipated horticultural event. Don't miss the ever-popular National Flowerbed Competition in which council parks departments vie with each other to produce the most eye-popping displays using only bedding plants.

Around 90 leading nurseries are waiting ...

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