September Gardening To Do List

-Re-fresh gardens with seasonal color and perennials for a fall show. 


-Do not plant pansies until the night time temperatures are 65 degrees or lower.  


-Plant a cool-season vegetable garden. 


-Start a salad garden in the ground or containers.


-Plant bulbs for spring surprises! Planting is easy: dig, drop, done. We now have a fresh shipment of bulbs coming to the nursery in early September!


-Divide and transplant Louisiana irises and perennials. By splitting plants now and transplanting, you can move perennials and give them a strong foothold before the cold weather arrives. Make sure to water heavily the night before and keep new transplants moist until rooted in.


-The ruby throated hummingbirds can now be seen during their fall migration. Plant a treat for them! We have several choices. Many of their favorites are perennial fall-blooming plants.


-Hybrid tea roses may be pruned now to 18 or 30'' tall to encourage a fall flush of blooms.


-Continue to water all plants.


-Install fresh sod. Water daily for the first week, and every other day for 3 more weeks. Water twice weekly until temperatures start to drop.


-Plant Mums when budding – before flowers are open - to enjoy the burst of full color all season. Mums will be here mid-month.


-Fertilize plants. Cooler nights and warmer ground temperatures brings abundant root growth. We recommend our Espoma product line of organic fertilizers. These are non-burning, slow release foods that will help plants build up sugars to carry them through the upcoming winter months.


-Continue to harvest your garden vegetables. Freeze beans, corn and peppers. Trim and hang herbs to dry for winter use.


-Start a compost or keep perfecting it now in time to help enrich the soil for fall plantings.


-Mulch all plants in ground or containers to retain moisture and smother weed growth.


-Begin planting trees and shrubs. September is a great time to plant and update your existing landscaping. Plants put in ground during the fall get a strong start for spring next year!