Things to do in the Garden – September 2013

It is time to prepare flower beds for spring bulbs and winter annuals.

Fertilize garden mums this month with a balanced fertilizer. Bone meal is a good fertilizer for this because it aids in the blooming process.

Begin planting spring flowering wildflower seeds. A great place to purchase these seeds is www.seedsource.com .

Late in the month temperatures should begin to cool. Trees planted in the last 12 months can be watered two times a week.

Add compost to the flower beds to get them ready for late October and November fall planting.

Fall is the best time of the year to dig up and relocate woody shrubs and ornamentals. Make sure that you dig far enough around the root ball. Trying to keep as much of the root ball intact when you transplant.

September is one of the busiest times of the year, putting in the fall vegetable garden. Broccoli, Swiss Chard, Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts, Collard Greens, Kale and Cabbage can all be planted this month.

Time to fertilize the lawn before autumn.

This month is the time to divide iris plants, if needed. Lift the iris clumps and divide. Rework the bed adding generous amounts of compost, like cotton bur compost. Decide how many plants to go back into the bed. Replant at the proper depth, adding in some bonemeal and bloodmeal. Share your extra plants or create a new bed.

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