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September Gardening Guide

Summer comes and goes, but gardening continues long after Labor Day!

Follow the Monthly Gardening Guide at for tips on timely care for vegetables and herbs, trees and shrubs, perennials and annuals, lawns, and even house plants.

Let's look at just one tip from each of these categories:


Plant cool season vegetables now (cabbage, turnips, kale, mustard, spinach, lettuce, broccoli, collards, carrots, beets).


Keep shrubs and trees watered to make sure they go into winter hydrated.


Divide spring-blooming bulbs, hosta, and daylilies; replant using a granular root stimulator for best results.


Over-seed, patch, or start a new lawn and fertilize once in September. (If you haven't already had your soil tested, do so now so you can find out if your lawn needs lime.)


Before you bring plants indoors, be sure to control aphids, mealy bugs, mites and scale with horticulture oils that are available at your local garden center.

Visit regularly to find tips for each month. If you have time to explore the website, you might discover links to some interesting places to visit or published materials to read by the fireplace on a chilly day.


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