SEPTEMBER GARDEN "TO DO" LIST

 

GENERAL GARDEN CARE

  • Time to plant trees and shrubs when they undergo color change.

  • Avoid pruning at this time

  • Control Poison Ivy before it goes dormant

  • Dig and store summer flowering bulbs

  • Save seeds from favorite self-pollinating non-hybrid flowers

  • Begin Compost heap if you do not already have one!

  • Continue to water trees and shrubs until ground freezes

 

ANNUAL AND PERENNIALS:

  • Transplant and divide at this time.

  • Best time to divide peonies, 3-5 eyes, plant no more than 2 inches deep

  • Plant mums early so they have a chance to root and weather the winter

  • Do not cut back perennials until they leaves and stems have lost green color

 

LAWN CARE

  • Change mowing height to 2 inches

  • Fertilize Early in the month….MOST important application of the year

  • Reseed thin areas of lawn

  • Core aerate

 

FRUIT, VEGETABLE, AND HERB CARE

  • Continue harvesting to have productive plants

  • Add compost to garden beds

  • Seed bare garden areas with winter rye or barley for a winter cover crop.

  • Fall crop of spinach and leafy veggies

  • Harvest herbs and hang upside down to dry in dark space.

 

INDOOR GARDEN

  • Start preparing houseplants for the return to indoors. Check insects, clean leaves and containers, sheltered area.

  • Begin your 2-3 mo. Dormancy for amaryllis bulbs.  Stash in a cool dark place NO watering. 

  • Pot your Rosemary basil oregano chives for indoor winter use.

 

HINTS:

  • Swap out your container plants for frost tolerant mums, pansies and flowering kale.

  • Use same soil and compost the disease free annuals.  Time for a NEW LOOK!

  • Water your trees and shrubs so they are hydrated for winter

  • Average frost date is October 11-20

  • Order your garlic bulbs for mid October planting

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