September 2019 Newsletter
Welcome back to the garden
Welcome back to your garden! After the heat of the summer, we are looking forward to cooler temperatures and the crisp Fall air.
Now IS the time to plant trees, shrubs, and perennials. Come in and meet anyone of our professional gardeners. We will help you make the perfect choice of plants and talk to you about how to plant and care for your selections.
Rejuvenating your cool season lawn begins now. September to mid October are the best times to aerate your lawn, apply starter fertilizer and put down seed for over-seeding.
It is time to plant cool weather vegetables. Fall vegetables (think lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, kale) are fun to grow and healthy to eat. If planting from seed, make sure you select "cool season" on the packet label.
Cool season annuals like mums, asters, ornamental cabbages/kales and beautiful pansies are arriving now to freshen your pots and beds with color until next spring.
Enjoy being back in your garden!
S.O.D.= September, October and December
This is a simple way to ensure you have a healthy fescue lawn. If you have not already put down lime in August, do this now to "sweeten" the soil in preparation for aeration and overseeding.
S.eptember- Starter Fertilizer, Aeration and Seeding-in that order. Use Soil Conditioner or wheat straw on top of seed to hold moisture and improve germination.
O.ctober-Fertilize with a product high in Nitrogen and touch up any areas that may have missed seed.
D.ecember- Fertilize again with a product high in Nitrogen.
Three applications of fertilizer; in September, October, and December are VERY important for fescue lawn success in our area.
September in the garden
Winter pansies, ornamental kale, cabbage and fall-blooming chrysanthemums can be planted now to give a little color to the garden when the summer flowers have faded away.
As the weather cools, perennials that have overgrown their space, or have become crowded, should be dug up, divided and moved to a new area of the garden.
Fall is the best time to plant perennials.
Tender bulbs, like dahlias should be dug up and stored in a cool, dark, area after first frost.
Mark you perennials with permanent tags, stakes or create a map showing their locations so you'll know where and what they are when they die back at the end of the season.
Fall is an excellent time to shop for plants, trees and shrubs. Fall planting encourages good root development, allowing the plants to get established before spring. If weather is dry, provide water up until the ground freezes.
Continue to watch for insect, slug and snail or disease damage throughout the garden. Take the necessary steps to control the problem. If you see a problem, bring in a sample (in a plastic bag please) and let one of our gardeners help diagnose the problem and recommend a solution.
One last effort at weeding will help improve the appearance of your garden throughout the winter.
The birds will soon begin their winder migrations. Give them a helping hand by providing them with some food and water for their long journey.
The GSCO Pansy Recipe
This is our special Garden Supply Company recipe for beautiful pansies.
In your garden, take:
-1/2 bag soil conditioner
-1 bag composted cow manure
-1 bag (4 lb.) Plant Tone Organic Fertilizer
Rake this together.
-Pansies-hand planted- 6 " apart from one another.
Top the bed with:
-1/2 bag of remaining soil conditioner
Water well, fertilize every week with liquid food and once a month with granular fertilizer, and ENJOY!