Gardening In September

Although most everything in my landscape is coming to an end in my landscape (zone 5), fall gardening is my favorite.  Fall gardening gives us the opportunity to add new plants, transplant old plants, create new gardens, etc…  September is a perfect moth to start “fall gardening” as it’s generally cooler, so no fighting the heat and humidity.  However the days start to get noticeably cooler, so it’s important to get out early and make the most of the comfortable working conditions. 

I have a lot of things going on in my landscape right now, but I’ve put together a list of activities that I feel are quite important this month.  Obviously gardening varies from zone to zone, but if you’re in zone 5 or comparable, check out the list below and see if you’re on the same page…

  • September is a great time to plant or transplant new perennials, shrubs, trees.
  • Divide and transplant peonies, hastas, and other herbaceous perennials.
  • If it’s dry keep up with watering your new plantings so they can start to establish a strong root base.
  • September is a great month to seed or “overseed” your lawn.  I’ve found that if you plant grass seed in the fall it’s best to cover it lightly with compost.  Compost not only provides nutrients, but it also keeps the birds at bay.
  • Think about digging up tender dahlias, cannas, caladium, and gladiolus before frost hits.  This usually can be done more towards the end of September, but keep an eye on the weather.  Be sure to store tubers and bulbs in a cool, dry spot preferably in sawdust.
  • Collect and sow seeds for hardy perennial such as, gaillardia, garden phlox, asters, & cone flowers.
  • It’s a great time to “weed-and-feed” your lawn if you’re into fertilizing.  Be sure to do this before you plant and grass seed, or wait until your seed has germinated and has been mowed a couple of times before application.
  • You can start planting spring flowering bulbs toward the end of the month.

So that’s a list of what I feel are pretty important things to do this month. Did I miss something that you think is important for the month? If so we’d love to hear, so please comment below!!

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