September Gardening To-Dos
In the Garden
- Select and plant shrubs and trees for fall color.
- Plant winter pansies, ornamental cabbage and kales and spring-blooming bulbs.
- Cut back or prune spring and summer perennials and divide if necessary.
- Refresh summer containers by designing and planting new fall containers.
- Add winter flowering hellebores or Erica carneas to your garden or containers.
- Visit local dahlia growers to choose your favorites for next spring.
- Keep all flowers picked.
Fruits & Veggies
- Harvest veggies and herbs. Enjoy the bounty. Remember, raw or lightly cooked vegetables retain the most vitamins.
- Plant a winter cabbage early in the month.
- Sow winter choys and mustards.
- Clean up yard and clear debris.
- Plan and install new lawn with seed or sod.
- Late in the month, begin fall lawn renovation, thatching, aerating, liming and overseeding.
- When fall rain begins, use a 3-1-2 ratio organic fertilizer.
Around the House
- Breathe a momentary sigh of relief as the kids head back to school.
- Refresh and reorganize your home.
- Clean and prepare your outdoor furniture for the winter.
- Depending on the furniture material and manufacturer’s recommendation, cover the furniture, move the furniture inside or to your basement, or simply leave in place after cleaning.
- Add a fall harvest wreath to your door.
- It’s time to dig out your favorite “comfort food” recipes. Think soups and stews!
- Bring your tropical plants indoors. Enjoy them in your home or let them go dormant in a dark place such as the garage. Water dormant plants lightly and infrequently.
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