What to Do in the Garden in September
September is a lovely month for gardeners. Most vegetables are at the end of their production, but some are beginning to go to seed. You may want to consider succession plantings to extend your garden’s season and get a jumpstart on the fall. And, if you’re wondering about plants to grow in September, here are a few suggestions:
After summer, fall is the best time to clean up your garden and get it ready for the winter. Depending on the climate, you can either cut back on watering trees and shrubs or increase it. You can also remove spent annuals and continue eradicating weeds. This month is the perfect time to replant perennials. You can do this for free. It will make your gardening job easier, too! Just make sure that you water them regularly during the month.
If you are considering planting a tree, September is the best month to do so. Most nurseries have a sale of remaining plants in September, and planting trees is an ideal time to get them in the ground. Be sure to plant them at the correct height and in a hole three times the size of the root ball. Don’t forget to suck out the native soil around the root ball to prevent it from rotting. If you’re unsure of whether the soil moisture is adequate, make sure to check the soil weekly and every few days.
If you’re planting flowers and vegetables, September is a great month to sow them. Vegetables like lettuce and spinach need protection in the winter, but they are easy to grow in September. Bulbs can be planted directly from seed, and you can choose from a wide variety of different species. Fast growing, seed-starting varieties include cabbages, radishes, Swiss chard, and turnips. To avoid any problems, you can buy a packet of seeds at local garden stores for less than a penny each.
The autumn months are ideal for overseeding, so you can fill in bare spots and crowd out weeds. Old lawns will benefit from this process, so it is worth considering it now. If you’re looking to spruce up your lawn, fall is also the time to do so. In the garden, this means investing in a good leaf rake and new gardening gloves. You should also consider purchasing a compost thermometer and leaf collection bins.
If you’re looking for a way to extend your garden’s growing season, you can plant bulbs in September. Bulbs are easy to grow and bloom in the spring, and you can even plant them in early October. Just make sure to water them regularly. And don’t forget to sow some seeds for next spring. You can also start a fall crop by sowing seedlings in a cool frame. Also, you can nip the sprouts of Brussels sprouts. And, you can wrap leaves around cauliflower and other vegetables to make the harvest longer.
If you want to give your lawn an extra boost, mid-month is the ideal time to apply an organic slow-release autumn feed. But don’t fertilize your lawn before the ground is moist. Fall rain and cooler evenings can cause fungus and mould. So, it’s best to wait until autumn rain has started to prevent these problems. However, don’t forget to weed. Those who do so will reap the benefits in the winter!