SEPTEMBER, OFFICIALLY KICKS OFF THE “FALL IS FOR PLANTING” SEASON.
September is the beginning of a very important time for gardening and planting. Like meteorology (weather), the first of September starts the fall planting season even though fall is not officially here until Saturday, the 22nd.
We have had rain throughout the summer. Depending on where you live we had nearly 5 inches of rain during the month of August. Our soil is not dry as we enter September. Yes, it would be nice to have fall-like temperatures to go along with all this rain. But, lower temperatures will be coming soon.
This year, more than many of our past fall seasons, all this abundance of rain has created the “perfect storm” when it comes to the fall planting season. Why do you ask? The reason is that our soil is moist and our soil is warm = the “perfect storm.” Roots develop in moist, warm soil.
Here is a short list of gardening task that should be done in September:
LAWN CARE – September is the first month for the S. O. D. program. Now is the time to be seeding or overseeding your lawn with the cool season fescue grass seed and to apply your first application of a lawn starter fertilizer. Once you seed – WATER, WATER, WATER daily until the seed has germinated and began to grow. You must keep the ground moist through this germination period.
FALL VEGETABLES – Oh, how I love fall, leafy vegetables. Now is the time to plant your fall vegetable garden with the cole crop vegetables such as lettuce, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, etc. These leafy vegetables enjoy the cooler, fall temperatures.
CONTAINER GARDENING – Fall is an exciting time to overhaul your container gardens with fall color. You can be very successful growing fall vegetables in containers as well. Fall Mums and pansies are beginning to show up now. Both mums and pansies can add rejuvenation to any container.
HOUSEPLANTS – Start getting ready to move all tropical houseplants back inside before temperatures drop below 50 degrees. You have plenty of time. Just start thinking about where you plan to place them once inside the house.
SOIL DRENCH FOR HOUSEPLANTS – With houseplants being outside, many outdoor critters, such as ants and pill bugs, may have taken up residency in the container soil. You don’t want these critters inside the house. While the plants are still outside, take a ¼ cup of Clorox bleach and add to a gallon of water. Slowly saturate the soil until water runs out of the drainage hole. Insects will leave the soil and, at the same time, this “recipe” will not do harm to the houseplants.
DIVIDING PERENNIALS – September is a good month to dig up and divide perennials such as iris, peonies, daylilies, and many others.
LANDSCAPING 101 – September is the beginning time to be planting spring flowering bulbs such as daffodils. As you plant your spring bulbs, remember that a mass planting of one flower type will produce a better effect than a mixture of many colors.
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