Late summer into early autumn is the best time for dividing the perennials which normally bloom in spring and early summer such as hosta, daises, tick seed, and cone flower.
Plant trees and shrubs early enough, prior to the ground freezing to allow enough time for the plants roots to develop. At this time, it is also wise to provide some sort of mulch to all of your plants to help protect them from winters harsh weather.
|Plant a tree, or two.|
Start preparing for the first frost by digging up tender bulbs such as cannas, begonias, gladiolus and elephant ears. Discard the tops and store the bulbs, corns, and rhizomes in dry peat moss or saw dust and carefully store away from freezing temperatures.
Bring your house plants indoors before the night time temperatures drop below 50 F.
Deadhead perennials, and discard dead and diseased foliage to reduction spread of infection the following year.
|Dead-head spent blooms or leave as food for the birds|
Fall is the best time to plant spring flowering bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, and crocus. Remember to give these bulbs a head start by sprinkling a little organic feed into the hole.
Mid September is a great time to fertilize trees and shrubs. A generous amount of compost scratched into the soil near the roots is a great alternative to ready made and potentially dangerous fertilizers.
Bird watchers can get one of the best shows of the year. Make sure to keep your bird feeders full of fresh offerings and maintain a fresh supply of water to help those birds which will be migrating south.
Harvest and dry garden herbs such as basil, thyme, and sage early enough to be used around the Holidays.
|Harvest and dry thyme early enough for use around the holidays.|
September can also be a great time to sew fast growing and cold hardy vegetables such as lettuce, spinach, cabbage and kale!
|Lettuce sprouting in a September garden.|
Whatever you do, get outside and enjoy all that the beginning of Fall has to offer.
Cheers ~ Kevin