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We are entering a very important time for gardening and planting.  We have had rain throughout the summer so our soil is not terribly dry.  Now is the time to take advantage of the warm soil temperatures and get our planting and gardening tasks under way.
                Here is a short list of gardening tasks that should be done in September:
  1.  LAWN CARE  -  Now is the time to reseed or over seed your lawn with the cool season fescue grass seed blend and to apply your first application of a lawn starter fertilizer .
  2. FALL 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.
  3. SUCCESSFUL PRUNING OF SHRUBS – September is NOT a time to doing pruning on evergreen shrubs such as hollies, boxwoods, etc.  Pruning will encourage new growth development and this new growth will not have enough time to “harden” off before cold sets in for the season.  Hold off on any pruning until late winter when the plants are in a dormant state.
  4. HOUSEPLANTS -  Be ready to move all tropical houseplants inside before temperature drops below 50 degrees.
  5. SOIL DRENCH FOR HOUSEPLANTS – With houseplants being outside, many of our outdoor critters, such as ants and pill bugs, may have taken residency in the container soil.  Take 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.
  6. 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, especially if planted against an evergreen background.
Let’s make this fall a successful planting season.  Come see us for all your plant and plant product needs as well as helpful, professional advice.
                                                                                        HAPPY GARDENING
Posted: 9/1/2016 by Doug Hensel | with 0 comment(s)
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