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Fall is not officially here until Friday, September 22.  However, just like our weather people on t.v., the plant industry also looks at the entire month of September as the beginning of fall.  Get on your mark, get set, GO!!  with the beginning of the fall planting season. 
                Here are a few key gardening tasks that need to be done during September:
  1. LAWN CARE – September is the beginning month for the SOD (September, October, & December) lawn care program.  Now is the time to find a good quality grass seed that is good for your lawn and apply the first fall application of a lawn starter fertilizer.  It is recommended to apply both on the same day.  Once you have seeded or over-seeded your lawn you can put some lawn soil on top in order to give the seed and fertilizer a protective covering.  This way, you can eliminate the need of using wheat straw as the covering and the potential weed seed in the wheat straw.  Now is when you want to water the lawn in the morning on a daily basis.  The warmth of the soil and the added moisture will have this new grass seed germinating in 7 to 10 days.  The Great Big Greenhouse & Meadows Farms Nurseries has all the products and expert advice to help you create a thick, healthy, dark green lawn that will be the envy of the neighborhood. 
  2. Now is the time to plant flower bulbs for color next spring.  Bulbs such as daffodils, crocus, hyacinths, and so many more can be planted now.  At the time of planting, we recommend adding some ESPOMA BULB-TONE to the hole when planting.   As a precaution, you can buy tulip bulbs now while the selection is excellent but you want to hold off on planting these tulip bulbs until later in November when our soil is cooler.  The Great Big Greenhouse & Meadows Farms Nurseries prides itself with carrying one of the largest selections of bulbs in the area.
  3. September is a month of weather transition.  Our temperatures will start to become cooler.  This is our signal that we need to start thinking about moving all of our tropical plants back inside the house.  But, first check each plant for pests or diseases and treat as necessary.  It is much easier to control the pests while the plants are outside than after you move them indoors.  Make sure you use an appropriately labeled pesticide if you need to spray.  Some houseplants can be especially susceptible to harsh chemicals. One thing about our plants being outside for the summer is that we could have insects taking up residency in the soil.  While the plants are still outside you can do a soil drench and chase out the soil insects.  The home recipe is to add ¼ cup of bleach to a gallon of water.  Let this solution sit for 24 hours and then thoroughly drench the soil.  This recipe will chase out the insects while at the same time will do no harm to the plant itself.
  4. Now is the time to be planting your fall vegetable garden.  You can plant lettuce, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, collards, kale, swiss chard, carrots and so many other edibles right now.  All these vegetables can take the cooler temperatures and cooler soil temperatures and should product late into the fall or early winter.
  5. It’s pansy season now.  Although summer annuals may still be blooming, the sooner we plant pansies the more root growth and development they will have heading into winter.  At the time of planting we recommend adding ESPOMA BIO-TONE to each hole.  Bio-Tone will aid in a quicker development of roots and, therefore, a stronger and healthier pansy.
  6. FALL CONTAINER GARDENS  -  Container gardening has become a year round trend.  Now is the time to be thinking about the transition from summer to winter with re-doing your container gardens with plants and flowers for the fall and winter.  Pansies certainly can play a major role in adding color to a fall container garden as does the ornamental cabbage and kale.  As beautiful and colorful as these plants are, we are blessed in Virginia with many more plant options for fall color and fall / winter interest.  All you need to do is a little research and creative thinking when putting together a fall container garden.  And, don’t forget that vegetables can be grown in containers.  And, you can first plant some bulbs such as daffodils, crocus etc. in the soil and let them come up next spring to add more interest and beauty to your fall / winter container.
As you can see, there is so much that needs to be done in September.
                                                                                HAPPY GARDENING!!
Posted: 8/31/2017 by Doug Hensel | with 0 comment(s)
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