September brings us to the end of summer…cooler temperatures allow for more time to be spent outdoors and make changes and enhancements to your garden. Now is the time to add colorful fall plants for the crisp days ahead!
Important garden activities this month include planting fall vegetables, and performing fall fertilization and weed control for your lawn. You’ll also want to divide spring flowering bulbs.
Fall Vegetables: Yes it’s time! Clean up your vegetable bed and pull any lagging tomato vines. Plant leafy and root vegetables!
Come by the nursery and pick up your copy of Bruce Millers Vegetable planting dates!
Annuals: Petunias, dianthus, snapdragons…plant them in full sun in well-prepared soil to add color or to revive the color in your beds.
Shrubs: This is the BEST time to plant to allow plants the maximum time to establish strong healthy root systems before next summer’s heat. Shrubs can provide color in your beds year round with their foliage.
Perennials: Dig and divide spring flowering perennials; add chrysanthemums, fall asters, Mexican bush sage, and Mexican mint marigolds for a boost of fall color.
Grass: Plant warm season grasses such as Bermuda, St. Augustine, Zoysia, and Buffalo grass. Water twice a day for the first 2-3 weeks. Remember, grass requires at least 4 hours of direct sunlight a day to thrive! Overseed your lawn with rye grass for the winter.
Herbs: Who can resist the smell of rosemary in the air as you brush against it? Plant herbs everywhere: in containers, in your vegetable or flower bed…anywhere they will have ample room to grow and get sufficient sunlight.
Remove dead limbs and branches from trees. Use pruning sealer to seal cuts on Oaks to prevent the spread of Oak Wilt.
Reshape shrubs with a light pruning to remove erratic growth. Avoid shearing whenever possible.
Remove dead growth (flower heads, foliage, stems) from perennials and lanky, spindly stems form annuals such as impatiens, lantana, copper plants and coleus.
Apply a good quality pre-emergent (we recommend Fertilome Turf & Ornamental Weed & Grass Stopper) to prevent both pesky weeds such as crabgrass, broadleaf weeds and grassy weeds.
Treat nutsedge before the end of the month.
Follow up with an application of a good quality lawn fertilizer such as Fertilome Southwest Greenmaker, which is formulated for our alkaline soils.
Spread dried molasses and humate to complete the feeding of your healthy lawn, or to help revive an ailing one
Mow at recommended heights so your grass will not be stressed by the waning summer heat! For healthy lawns, St. Augustine should be mowed at 2-2.5 inches and Bermuda at 1.5 inches.
Feed acid-loving plants such as camellias, azaleas, gardenias, dogwoods and wisterias with a specially formulated acid-loving plant food.
You can use a high-nitrogen fertilizer everywhere: Lawn, trees, shrubs, container plants, annuals, perennials; just be sure it doesn’t contain a weed killer.
Add water-soluble food to all container plants to keep them blooming.
Add iron, zinc or manganese to chlorotic plants (yellow leaves with dark green veins especially on new growth).
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