Monthly Garden Tips – September
BUGS – For root weevils on rhododendrons and azaleas use
parasitic nematodes. Use Sluggo and
Sluggo Plus for slugs and other slimy critters. Use copper spray on those peach
and cherry trees. Cucumber beetles have
been a pain this year. Spinosad seems to
work good on them. Remember, you don’t
need to resort to those chemical synthetic pesticides. We have eco-friendly pest management products
for your garden.
BULBS – Time to dig tuberous begonia bulbs and store in a
dry location for the winter. Fall bulbs
will be in at HGG this month to plant for spring color. Daffodils, tulips, iris and crocus are coming
soon. Get those beds ready using calcium
and phosphorus to prepare the soil. We
have Down to Earth organic fertilizers sitting on the shelf ready for you to
LAWNS – This is the most important time of the year to
fertilize! Use an organic type
fertilizer applied in mid to late September and again in mid November. Also apply Dolomite Lime. It’s a good time to over seed and repair those
bad spots. We have sun and shade mixes
available. Keep watering until the rain
takes over, about an inch a week.
PRUNING – It’s really getting close to the time to stop
pruning for the year. You can do some
pruning and heading back now which will allow some re-growth before winter, but
don’t go too heavy. It’s best to hold
out till dormant season for most deciduous shrubs and trees.
PLANTING – Fall is a good time for planting and
transplanting trees, shrubs and perennials.
They can get their roots out into the warm soil and be poised to come
out strong in the spring.
MULCH – Apply 2-4 inches on compost/mulch in your flower
beds. Vegetable gardens can use a cover
crop/mulch for the winter. We now have
cover crops on the shelf. I would
discourage the use of bark only mulches because they don’t add much to the
PERENNIAL BEDS – Late September, and into November, you want
to clean up your perennials, cutting back spent flowers and cleaning out dead
undergrowth. It’s a good time to divide
peonies, iris, bleeding heart and daylilies too. Stake those tall flowers that are still going