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Gardening Tips for September

Aug 18, 2014
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Starting off with the plans!

Get ready for spring by getting various plants and flower bulbs ready to plant during fall. If you have a landscape plan, continue working on it. If not, you might consider making one, especially for the fall planting of the shrubs and trees you might want. If you are into it, you may get some photographs to remind you of what things used to be. You know – the before-after ones.

Next come the hard work. Chores aren't always bad, though! Especially when it comes to maintaining your own garden.

Is it raining enough? If not, make sure to learn and practice various watering techniques. If you know everything about watering – just skip this sentence. You should also aerate the plants. Otherwise you might witness the infamous rust disease. Not nice! Aerating also helps a lot with root growth, which leads to even more yield. Make sure you mow the grass as often as needed to keep it your desired height. People usually suggest 2 ½ inches. It's good to finish with the lawn restoration before the middle of September.

Now is the time to collect the seeds from the annuals and the perennials! Do that so you can replicate the plants anywhere you want to. Wanting to dry some flowers? You have probably already started doing this, so just continue with it! Some of the flowers usually cut for drying – gomphrena, cockscomb, strawflower and yarrow. Afterwards just remove the unneeded annuals and the fallen leaves (which you aren't going to use for mulching) and proceed to compost them. Free fertilizers! If you aren't composting, get professional garden clearance.

Make sure to continually check for pests! If you find any, treat them timely. They can ruin your new plants pretty swiftly and nobody wants this to happen. Daily inspections are due! If there are even more fallen leaves and various debris, call the clearance company again. Those can harbor various malevolent microorganisms and insects, considered as pests. And if you like to feed birds – now is the time to shine!

Next up is the planting. Another important part of the September gardening cycle.

If you are planning on getting needled evergreens, now is the time to plant or transplant them. It's good to be done with this task until the 15th of October at the latest. If you haven't already, continue with the herb propagation – put the new (and old) plants into pots so they are ready for the cold season. Do the same with the early-blooming perennials.

After flowering, divide and plant the lilies. It is now time to sow the hardier annuals in the beds you have prepared for them! I personally like this part the most, no idea why. If the weather is cool already, do start planting the spring flower bulbs. The only plant you should wait with are the tulips. They should be take care of around the end of October. The next step is to plant the cabbage! And, of course, the late annuals. Sow the onion, lettuce, carrot, radish and parsley and finish it with planting the biennial seedlings.

That's it! I will not cover the fertilizing and pruning aspects of September gardening. I'm sure there are people who know about these things way more than I do. I hope you liked the tips!

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