September gardening guide| Western Cape | Stodels Garden Centre

Western Cape

Although it’s officially spring, the weather in the Western Cape typically takes its time to warm up. Use this opportunity to get the garden prepared for when spring really kicks in, and to celebrate one of our favourite events: Arbour Week.

South Africans celebrate Arbour Week in the first week of September – a time when we come together as a community and help green our neighbourhoods. Every year, we encourage our customers to take part by running a “buy one, get one free tree” promotion throughout the week, and on Arbour Day, we give away one free tree sapling to each family with the purchase of a bag of compost for R17. Pop into your nearest Stodels Garden Centre to pick your sapling up, then follow our guide on sapling care to ensure a strong and healthy start for your young tree. 


Establish a drought-resistant garden
Although the Western Cape is recovering from the worst of the drought, water-wise planting is a good safeguard for the future and helps you do your bit to save this precious resource. We recommend planning a drought-resistant garden with a colourful array of water-wise plants, such as succulents, fynbos, buchu, lavender, air plants, aloes and clivias

Plant & Sow Feed
It’s especially important to make sure your plants are getting the nutrients they need before the drier summer months, so we’d suggest feeding your plants with the following:
  • Roses will benefit from 8:1:5 fertiliser to encourage a beautiful flush in October.
  • Feed your lawns with a 2:3:2 and 4:1:1 fertiliser.
  • Shrubs and trees will thrive if fed with a 3:1:5 fertiliser.
  • Fruit trees will need Nitrosol and 3:1:5 fertiliser this month.
Extra care
  • If your gardenias have yellowing leaves, treat them with iron chelate.
  • Cut back fuchsias to encourage bushy growth.
  • Mulch azaleas and camellias with well-rotted pine needles or bark chips once the flowers have faded, then feed with a high-nitrogen fertiliser.
  • Spray roses with a rose cocktail made from one part Efekto Rosecare, one part Trelmix, one part Seagro Organic Plant Food, one tablespoon of vinegar and one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid. This will help to protect your roses against pests and fungal diseases.

Grow your own: Buchu
Buchu is part of the Rutaceae family, the same as citrus fruits. Native to South Africa, with a natural distribution restricted to the Western Cape mountain regions, buchu is an edible low shrub, approximately 1.5m high, with white, mauve or pink flowers that bloom in spring. They release an aromatic scent through the oil glands in their bright green leaves, and are used medicinally and in teas and cooking. Buchu is best grown in coarse, well-drained and deep soil, and needs full sun and a frost-free climate.