September Gardening Tips

September Gardening Tips
 
  • September is a great time to plant!
  • Plant pansies, ornamental kale and cabbage and mums.
  • Improve your garden soil. Work mushroom or lobster compost into garden beds to increase the organic matter content.
  • Water newly planted trees and shrubs to provide sufficient moisture and prevent winter damage. Check the soil for moisture every day.
  • Add a three inch layer of organic mulch such as shredded hardwood bark around the base of plants (but not touching the trunk) to retain soil moisture and regulate soil temperature.
  • Begin dividing and relocating perennials and add new plants to the bed such as coneflowers, bee balm and coreopsis.
  • Cut back dead and diseased perennial plants.
  • Prepare for lawn seeding by spraying broadleaf weeds with Bonide Weed Beater at least 2 weeks before seeding. . Be sure to read herbicide labels carefully regarding the exact timing between seeding and applying weed control products.
  • Core aerate, seed and fertilize lawns. We recommend Jonathan GreenGreenup and Winter Survival fertilizers.
  • Avoid early fall pruning of trees and shrubs as it can lead to possible cold damage to new growth. Dead, diseased or damaged wood can be pruned anytime.
  • Net ponds before leaf fall gets underway.