September 9With the heat of summer behind us, now is the perfect time to get caught up on all those lawn and garden projects you've been avoiding. Here are a few things to consider as you are out enjoying your yard.
- Plant trees, shrubs, and perennials. Plant ornamental grasses before mid-September.
- Irrigate the lawn and landscape as needed. One inch per week is sufficient.
- Continue harvesting vegetables as they ripen.
- Cut back and destroy peony foliage.
- Bring in houseplants as night time temperatures near 50 degrees. Treat with systemic insecticide.
- Prevent insects and rodents from entering the house for winter.
- Aerate the lawn; over seed if necessary.
- Be sure to stay ahead of weeds as they are setting seed now that can create greater problems for years to come.
- Get new beds ready for next season’s planting by controlling weeds, incorporating organic matter now so the hard work is done and you’ll enjoy the spring planting.
- Hold off on planting spring flowering bulbs like daffodils and tulips until soil temperatures cool. Early October is the ideal time to plant.