Just a few tips for September gardeners here in Huntsville!
The weather is cooling in the early morning, but it’s still pretty brutal in the mid day and afternoon, so nothing drastic in terms of major planting just yet.
I make a list on my desk calendar every season of what works the best in my yard and what I would like to replicate next year. I tend to focus on bulbs and perennials as they build on my base infrastructure of coniferous shrubs and trees to add year round eruptions of colour and interest. This is a good time to review those choices. Talking about shrubs, after the growing season is over, spray all shrubs with fungicide. For my trees, I have found Bayer feed and treat granules to work the best for me. They are systemic and I don’t have to do much more than sprinkle around the base and water in.
I see bulbs and peonies in stores already, go ahead and buy them if you must but keep them somewhere cool, dark and dry, don’t plant them before the ground is below 60ºF.
All the new catalogs of fruits and nuts are available in abundance. Make your selections, test your soil for fertilization needs, establish strawberry plantings.
Roses should be deadheaded constantly, actually, mine had become spindly so I trimmed them back and have already got a stack of new growth which will take me through the fall with a little deadheading here and there.
Last week I trimmed out all dead gladioli, day Day-Lily dead growth and cleaned up my beds. This weekend I will pick my major crop of basil for pesto that I use as a component in the “home made” gift baskets I make. I will make it immediately that I pick the pesto and keep it in my pantry.
Start checking out the Chrysanthemums, they will be the fall colour of choice for most people. I divide mine up every year and extend my mix around the garden. They need fertilizing, as do all of the other flowers that are in bloom. I’m a miracle grow girl myself!
Collect the seeds from all the flowers that are spent. save them, label them, store them somewhere dry and dark for next year or trade them with a friend.
Perennials, its time to divide and transplant or trade with a neighbor.
Pre-emergent treatment on all lawns, I use a guy that comes to the house and has a funky stand on rider. It just seems a good investment and free’s me up to do something that I am better at!
And finally…if you haven’t bought or built a compost bin…now’s the time! Looking for where to find one? Earth Fare on Highway 72 have them and rain barrels!