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Garden tasks for September

Planning on getting your garden ready for spring? Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind…

• Plant out summer annuals like salvias, marigold, bedding dahlias, gazanias, alyssum,
dianthus and mimulus. Water the plant twice a week and fertilise with a liquid fertiliser
once a month.

• Grow annuals from seed for a big splash of colour, such as marigolds, alyssum, cosmos,
cornflowers and lobelia as well as scatter packs, which are ready-made mixes of summer
annuals for sun or shade.

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• Perennials that grow easily from seed include hollyhocks, Shasta daisies, asters, scabious, statice, sweet William, aquilegia, Arctotis and foxgloves.

• Cut back or tidy up summer perennials to encourage new growth. Start watering more
regularly and fertilise with 5:1:5, 3:1:5 or 8:1:5.

• Feed irises with superphosphate. Cannas, daylilies, coreopsis and dahlias can still be divided and replanted into well- composted soil.

• Amaryllis, daylilies and Louisiana irises can be planted from early September, but wait until the middle of September to plant Crocosmia and dahlias.

• Keep watering spring-flowering bulbs and Liliums.

• Fertilise flowering shrubs with 5:1:5 or 3:1:5 and foliage shrubs with 3:2:1. Trim winter flowering shrubs such as poinsettia.

• If you didn’t do so last month, scar ify, aerate, fertilise and water the lawn. Water once a week or every two weeks and mow weekly when necessary.

Details: ballstraathof.co.za

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