It's time for Fall and the best time of year for planting trees & shrubs, certain perennials & fall annuals.
You can plant early spring blooming bulbs but wait for the first frost before planting late spring blooming bulbs.
To encourage additional blooming, deadhead Chrysanthemum blooms as they fade.
Pansies are cool weather annuals and do not perform well in hot weather so, if day temperatures are still warm, wait, but if day time temperatures are getting cooler, go ahead and plant.
Tip: If you under-plant Pansies with Daffodils or Tulips you set up for a brilliant color display in spring.
Fertilize your roses for the last time to allow new growth to harden off before first frost - continue to deadhead blooms & remove any fallen leaves on the ground at the base of Roses.
Keep on fertilizing your annuals, but liquid fertilizer cut back to once a month.
September is the perfect time to re-seed and aerate your lawn. Bare spots should be raked and seeded, also add a starter fertilizer to help seed germinate.
Continue to water plant material and replenish or replace mulch around trees, shrubs & in bed areas to a depth of 3” to 4” as it helps the soil retain moisture during dry weather.
Weed in bed areas either by spraying or by hand, as necessary. Try to get to weeds before they seed, otherwise your weed problems could multiply!
Spot spray your lawn for weeds with appropriate herbicide if needed and keep up your mowing routine - be sure to cut fescue at 3” or higher to prevent brown out.
Add milky spore to lawns to kill Japanese Beetle grubs over-wintering in the soil.
Continue to edge bed & turf areas and prune trees & shrubs to shape - remove dead or damaged branches.
Always monitor your plants for insects & disease damage and treat as needed by following the label instructions.
Please don’t forget to provide food & water for our beautiful birds and last but most certainly not least, enjoy the rest of summer days and spend as much time as possible enjoying your beautiful garden.
If you think about planning for your fall/winter landscape we would love to properly help you, just call us at 631 261-2226 or contact us online now for a fall/winter planting plan!