Monthly Garden Guide

Welcome September, a month that ushers in slightly cooler temperatures through most of the country and gives gardeners the opportunity to take care
of some business in the landscape. Here are a few chores your garden might need through this month:

• Plant spring-flowering bulbs.
• Divide peonies, irises and daylilies
• Fertilize roses
• Aerate and fertilize lawn with compost and corn gluten meal product (which also discourages weeds)
• Plant cool weather-loving herbs such as chives and parsley, and pot up summer herbs to bring into the kitchen
• Clean up on and around fruit trees and discard split fruit. Remove raspberry plant canes.
• Spray with and soil drench houseplants with Neem before bringing inside for the winter.
• Plant cool season crops like lettuce, spinach, brocolli, cauliflower and root veggies (carrots, radishes, beets, etc.)
• Dig tender bulbs, such as cannas, caladiums, dahlias, tuberous begonias and gladioli. Allow to air dry, and store in dry peat moss or vermiculite.
• Fluff existing mulch or add a new layer where needed.
• Add a thin layer of compost to just about everything, your houseplants and lawn included!