September Gardening Jobs: Prepare for autumn

by | Sep 5, 2023 | Garden | 0 comments

September is a transitional month in the garden as summer turns into autumn. Here are some gardening tasks you can consider for September:

Lawn Care:

   – Continue mowing the lawn regularly but gradually raise the cutting height as the month progresses.

   – Repair any patches on the lawn by reseeding or laying new turf.

Planting and Transplanting:

   – Plant spring-flowering bulbs like daffodils, crocuses, and tulips.

   – Transplant shrubs and trees while the soil is still warm.


   – Prune summer-flowering shrubs that have finished flowering.

   – Deadhead flowers to encourage a second bloom.

   – Trim hedges to maintain their shape.


   – Continue harvesting late summer vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, and beans.

   – Begin harvesting autumn crops like apples, pears, and plums.

   – Collect herbs for drying or freezing.


   – Start a compost pile with garden waste and kitchen scraps.

   – Turn existing compost bins to aerate the contents.


   – Keep on top of weeds, as they can still grow in September.

   – Remove any weeds before they set seed.

Pest Control:

   – Check for pests on plants and take appropriate action, such as using organic pest control methods.

   – Keep an eye out for aphids, slugs, and snails.

Feeding and Mulching:

   – Apply a general-purpose fertilizer to feed your plants.

   – Mulch around the base of plants to retain moisture and suppress weeds.

Wildlife Support:

    – Set up bird feeders and bird baths to help birds prepare for winter.

    – Create a wildlife-friendly area with log piles and brush piles.

Plan for the Next Season:

    – Start planning your garden layout for next year.

    – Order seeds and bulbs for autumn and spring planting.

September is a great time to enjoy the changing colors of your garden while also preparing it for the colder months ahead.