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September Planting Tips

1st Week of September

  • Lawns and Perennials
    • Cooler temperatures start the lawn repair/renovation season in earnest.
    • Continue to cut down perennials as their flowers become spent.

2nd Week of September

  • Annuals, Lawns, Perennials, Shrubs, and Trees
    • Push the summer annuals with water and fertilizer as they are just about finished.
    • Aerating to benefit soil conditions can be done as the lawn goes into its fall growth period.
    • DO NOT apply any more fertilizer on perennials for the year.  DO NOT encourage any more growth.
    • Transplant things you want moved. 

3rd Week of September

  • Annuals, Lawns, Perennials, Shrubs, and Trees
    • Plant cold hardy annuals such as Pansies, Ornamental Kale, and Mums.  Use them to fill in underperofrming spots in other annuals.
    • Fall fertilizer and weed control for your lawn should be started after the 15th.
    • Fall is the best time for perennial weed control.  After the first hard frost is a pretty standard window of when they are actively growing and can be easily killed. 
    • Now is a great time to transplant Peonies and Iris.
    • No major pruning should happen until dormancy.

4th Week of September

  • Annuals, Lawns, Perennials, Shrubs, and Trees
    • Begin to bring in any tropical plants like hibiscus, citrus trees, and house plants.  Treat with a systemic.
    • Try to wrap up seeding by the 20th so plants have time to establish before freeze up.
    • There is still plenty of time for sod.
    • Finalize your touch up trimming.
    • Begin tree planting toward the end of the month.  Mulch them in and make sure they are watered. 

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