We use cookies on this website. To use the website as intended please accept cookies.

Sunday May 09 , 2021

Blue Daisy Blog

Blue Daisy blog written by Nicki Jackson & Jules Clark - for news, views, garden design, gardening and plant observations and thoughts.

September Garden Advice

Posted by on in Gardening
  • Font size: Larger Smaller
  • Hits: 12689
  • Subscribe to this entry
  • Print

scarifyinglawnDuring September you start to notice the nights beginning to draw in which always means less time to spend working, entertaining or just relaxing outdoors!  That said though it’s still a good time to be doing jobs outside.  It can also be a time for gales, so be prepared: ensure your plants, shrubs and trees are staked properly to avoid them getting damaged.

This is a great time to take cuttings from tender plants like fuchsias, harvest your fruit and veg, and go on, sprinkle a little TLC on your lawn!!  September is often considered ‘lawn care month’, a time when we reinvigorate them for next year by removing thatch, aerating and applying a top dressing.  So, for those of you doing this for the first time here’s a quick guide how to do just that and have a fabulous lawn next year!

Removing Thatch

Thatch is basically moss and dead grass and by removing it, it increases air movement and drainage around your lawn which in turn helps to discourage the re-growth of moss.  You can remove it either by using a rake or a powered scarifier.  If you use a rake, beware it is hard work and pretty tough on your back.  Be warned though, your lawn will look pretty awful after doing this but it won’t take long to recover!


Your lawn needs to breathe and the more we walk on our lawns the more compacted it will become.  All you need to do is push your garden fork into the ground about 6-7 inches deep and about 9 inches apart.  This isn’t too bad a job (albeit a bit boring!) but if you have a big lawn you may want to consider hiring a machine to do this for you.

Top Dress

This job needs to be done as soon as you have aerated the lawn i.e. while the holes are still open.  A tried and tested recipe is: three parts of sieved garden soil mixed with two parts of sharp sand and one part of garden compost.

Now sprinkle half - to a full inch of the mix onto the lawn and using a stiff brush or a broom spread it all over.  This is to renew the upper soil layer.  Again beware; your lawn will look really awful for a few weeks but the grass does grow though the soil again and will thank you for the TLC!  Trust us!!




Nicki Jackson is Blue Daisy's garden designer & owner. A former HR consultant Nicki still finds the time to run Blue Daisy, design gardens and planting plans, write a blog, keep our gardening clients happy and offer IIP advice and outplacement support through Blue Daisy Consultancy.

Author's recent posts


  • No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment

Leave your comment

Guest Sunday, 09 May 2021

Blog Categories

Tag Cloud

RHS women and work award Stone Lane Gardens Hidcote courtyard wildlife sweat peas bees London Winter shrubs summer garden birch Glasshouse stonemarket doddington hall CorTen form garden design tip Garden Planning RHS Malvern twitter Horticulture Carol Klein February rock gardens basil bulb display Toby Buckland gravel productive garden pollinating insects GYO contemporary water feature Gardeners World career in horticulture December garden herbaceous borders elm Herb build Levens Hall saving water Horticulturalist Greenhouse July garden garden design unity hard landscaping Berberis topiary garden room grow your own gardening on tv Hosta Laurel roof gardens RHS Hampton Court June garden Urban Heat Island Effect Phyllostachys nigra pollinators structure Ilex sound in the garden Cosmos astrosanguineus New York Highline legacy gift Joanna Lumley Blue Daisy Rachel de Thame alpines herbs Spring shrubs Cut flowers water butt bulbs Tom Hart-Dyke Cambridge botanical garden deer Narcissus Buxus Kensington Roof Garden roof garden Futurescape kerb-side appeal water conservation ha ha sorbus Birmingham Library pond garden advice at home heatwave Crocus drought show gardens Echinacea February garden Decking water Fleece patio winter garden repetition Lawrence Johnston NSALG Charlie Dimmock cottage garden paving Trees wild flowers September garden August garden National Trust Joe Swift Events & Shows Moss Bank Park recycled materials Coastal plants front garden Geranium Nicki Jackson Great British Garden Revival hosepipe grey water winner planning your garden cottage gardens kitchen garden Malvern Spring Show May garden spring bulbs Prince Harry HNC Herb garden January garden garden design trends Selfridges Roof Garden rococo house plants Euphorbia watering can Berginia garden Malvern Hills Absorb pollution Achillea Floating Paradise Gardens of London RHS Chelsea green spaces traditional style BBC cyclamen plants edible garden show Sophie Raworth Lantra Highgrove Chelsea Flower Show eco-friendly Urban Heat Island Chris Beardshaw poppies sunflowers movement in the garden rainwater harvesting snow blue terracota reclaimed materials Jekka McVicar Mrs Loudon ornamental grasses scented shrubs October garden Cloches plant pots Kew Gardens Wildflowers Joseph Banks Bamboo composting Horticultural CorTen steel Alan Titchmarsh Matt James rosemary autumn garden Ashwood Nurseries HTA National Gardening Week John Massey James Wong hydroponic Shrubs March garden lawn care Acuba Chelsea Physic Garden Monty Don Kelmarsh Hall spring garden April garden surfaces Stoneleigh vertical garden Daffodils garden focal points Seed sowing colour in your garden Alys Fowler Capability Brown ash watering Taxus Perennial Wisley Briza maxima acer RHS Tatton Park November garden timber pests Snowdrops

Welcome to Blue Daisy Blog

Our Promise

promiseWe work hard to keep our customers happy.  We work to a voluntary customer charter.

Peace of Mind

simplybusinessWe take our responsibilities seriously so we're insured through Simply Business.

Click on the logo for our Garden Design insurance details. For Gardening details see our gardening services page.

Proud Members Of...

landscapejuicen... The Landscape Juice Network where we interact with other professional gardeners, designers and landscapers.