As we enter into September, the heat of summer will finally begin to diminish as we enjoy cooler evening temperatures. The cooler temperatures create a great opportunity for some transplanting, sowing grass seed, and utilizing various herbicides as we continue to enjoy harvesting various fruits and vegetables. Let’s dive into our September Landscape Management 101.
- Divide spring and summer-flowering perennials. These include peonies, daylilies, irises, oriental poppies, phlox, and many others. However, if the plant is currently blooming then it should not be divided.
- September is a great time to plant evergreen trees!
- Trim “Bleeder” trees such as Birch, Maple, and Elm.
- Control broadleaf weeds in the lawn with appropriate application. Either spot treat or apply weed and feed products.
- Seed bare spots in lawn, sow lawn seed, and/or install sod.
- Plant spring-flowering bulbs (Tulips, Daffodils, Crocus, Hyacinth).
- Take cuttings of shade-loving flowering annuals and herbs for growing indoors throughout the winter if desired.
- Bring house plants back indoors. Keep an eye out for insects! One way to minimize insects is to give the plant a good blast of water before bringing it inside.
- Continue to plant spring-blooming bulbs.
- Aerate lawn if desired to smooth out bumpy lawns, allow air and moisture to penetrate root zone, and breakdown thatch layer.
- Harvest tender vegetables before frost.
- Many late apple varieties can be harvested.
- Harvest dahlias and other summer bulbs after a killing frost – when plants turn black.
- Collect dried flowers for fall arrangements.
- While most trees will not start losing leaves quite yet, make sure to rake up and remove any leaves affected by fungal or bacterial diseases.
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