Thursday, September 15, 2011

Fall = Gardening, September

September is here, kids are back in school, the days are getting cooler (we hope for us SW states citizens) and the days are getting darker earlier.  It means it is time to prepare the yard and garden for fall.

Let us look at September:

  1. look at watering deeply and less frequently: plants should get a deep soaking and far less often in fall and winter months.
  2. prune: cut back or trim trees bushes, remove any dead flowers, cut/remove surface roots of trees but only 20% of the root system
  3. fertilize: get some organic fertilizer for the garden, lawn and plants
  4. pest control: release lady bugs, put diatomaceous earth on ant mounds, use beneficial nematodes (wish I found these earlier in my organic life), 2 oz of molasses to a gallon of water will kill aphids.
  5. plant: wild flower seeds, finish warm season grass planting, perennials, carrots, turnips, beets, transplant iris and day lilies.
  6. extras: leave grass clippings on your yard do not rake up, put all tree clippings and non weed plant material in your compost

October fall gardening tips coming up next:

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