Seasonal Gardening Calendar
Muscadines are perfect right now, just make sure you don’t eat the skin or seeds! It is also time for the fist application of fertilizer on Fescue lawns.
SEPTEMBER Week 1
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Fertilize salvia and chrysanthemums with liquid plant food. They will reward you with lots of blooms later this fall.
Examine your flower beds for tired out perennials like Shasta daisy, black-eyed Susan and purple coneflower. You can cut off dead flowers and brown foliage to neaten the plants for fall.
Save excess basil
Preserve excess basil leaves by pureeing in a blender with a little water. Freeze the slush in an ice tray and use the cubes in your wintertime spaghetti sauce.
See Growing Basil
Lightly trim back the tropical hibiscus you kept outdoors for the summer. Make plans for where you’ll place it indoors in bright light.
See Tropical Hibiscus – Bringing Indoors
Divide daylily, iris and monkey grass
Divide daylily, iris and monkey grass while you still have several weeks of warm weather to encourage root growth.
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SEPTEMBER Week 2
Spray broadleaf weeds
Spot spray the broadleaf weeds in your lawn with a herbicide labeled for their control.
Try a muscadine
You can’t live in the South without trying a muscadine: Pop it in your mouth, suck the pulp out of the skin, enjoy the juice, then spit out the skin and seeds. What a delicious mess!
It’s a great time to plant peony roots. A good, old-time favorite is ‘Festiva Maxima’. For real excitement, plant a tree peony and get huge blooms next May.
See Growing Peony in the South
Prep for fescue planting
Before planting fescue seed, wipe out weeds with a fast-acting but short-lived weed killer. Use glyphosate (Roundup, etc) now; you can seed in seven days.
See Planting Fescue in an Existing Lawn
Bermuda lawns sometimes, but not always, benefit from a “winterizer” fertilizer application. Do it now when growth has slowed but before frost turns the grass brown.
Did chickweed and annual bluegrass run rampant in your lawn last spring? Now’s the time to put out a pre-emergent weed preventer on lawns you’ll not overseed this fall.
SEPTEMBER Week 3
Buy bulbs on sale
Spring-flowering bulbs are on sale now. You can buy them – but don’t put them in the ground until soil temperatures are in the 60’s or cooler in early October.
See When to Plant Spring-flowering Bulbs
Plant cool season veggies
Time to plant cool season vegetable seedlings. Broccoli, collards and cabbage plants should be available at garden centers.
See Vegetable Planting Schedule
Avoid saddleback caterpillars
Watch out for saddleback caterpillars feeding on the leaves of trees and weeds. Their poisonous bristles can leave a nasty welt on your skin.
Check patio plants
Examine patio plants for insects if you intend to bring them indoors. Treat with insecticide if necessary.
Time for the first application of fertilizer on fescue grass. This cool season turf needs fertilizer in September, November, February and April.
SEPTEMBER Week 4
Plant shrubs and trees
Cooler weather means it’s time to plant shrubs and trees. Make sure to dig a hole three times as wide as the root ball.
See Planting Shrubs
Propagate limber-limbed hydrangea, grape and forsythia plants by placing a thin branch on the ground and partially covering it with soil and a brick.
See Soil Layering
Planting a new fescue lawn? Use 6 pounds of seed per 1000 square feet.
See Planting a New Fescue Lawn
Replace mulch under roses
Replace all of the mulch under roses, red tip photinia and crabapples. You’ll prevent diseases on next year’s leaves.
See Reusing Mulch