Feel that crisp early morning air? Yes, it’s quickly replaced by muggy heat, but that small amount means the weather is changing soon and so should your garden or flower beds. Here is your September gardening checklist. September is all about preparing for next spring: sowing, planting, and separating. Let’s start with your current garden. What do you have that is getting too large? Hastas, grasses and other perennials can now be dug up, separated, and replanted. Take a look at your lawn and grass. Do you see any
Let’s start with what you have currently:
1.) What do you have that is getting too large? Hastas, grasses and other perennials can now be dug up, separated, and replanted to fill in your beds.
2.) While you’re enjoying the evening temperatures take a look at your lawn and grass. Do you see any bare spots? Now is a good time to aerate, verticut and/or seed depending on your lawn. If you add grass seed cover it lightly with compost to keep it moist and protected.
3.) As mowing becomes less frequent and plants begin to hibernate use the lawn clippings, leaves and spent plants to prepare your fall compost.
4.) Lastly, save your tenders (dahlias, cannas, gladiolus, etc.) and warm weather plants by digging them up before frost hits. Store your bulbs and tubers in a cool, dry place.
Now that you’re caught up on your current lawn and garden let’s work on next year.
1.) Plant perennials to take advantage of the temperature.
2.) Sow seed of next year’s biennial flowers. These would include your forget-me-nots, foxgloves, hollyhocks, etc.
3.) Plant your spring blooming flowers.
4.) Start planting your winter salad crops such as kale and spinach in your cold box.
These simple steps will have your yard prepped and ready to roll so you can relax through the winter knowing your garden is ready to for the spring. If you have any questions or need any products for your garden we at Farrand Farms are always here to help.