September To Do’s

Plants
  • September is vegetable seed month. There are numerous selections of vegetables to be started in the garden or in containers. Come in and pick up a free fall vegetable guide.
  • A large selection of herbs will be ready to add spice to your garden.
  • Tomatoes and peppers can be planted through the middle of the month.
  • Strawberries, blue bonnets, fall marigolds and many wildflowers can be planted by seed or transplanted.
  • All container grown trees, shrubs and vines.
  • There is still time to add quick summer color such as zinnias, coleus, purslane, moss rose and periwinkles.
Prepare
  • Your fall flower garden – but don’t plant pansies or snapdragons until temperatures have cooled down.
Prune
  • Continue removing faded flowers from annuals and perennials to encourage new blooms.
  • Faded blooms and seedpods from crape myrtles to promote additional blooming.
Lawn Care
  • Apply Bayer Lawn Fungus Control granules as a preventative to brown patch fungus, which shows up as temperatures drop during fall and winter months, organically with Serenade for lawns.
  • Apply Ironite or Hi Yield Iron Plus to yellowing lawns, organically with Green Sand.
  • Continue to water deeply every 1 to 2 weeks if little rainfall.
  • Wait to apply fall fertilizer until October.
  • Apply Nature’s Blend or Peat Moss to lawns prone to Take All Patch Fungus.
Water
  • Check all newly planted material for water every day.
  • Check pots, containers and hanging baskets often as they dry out quickly and need more water.
  • Apply mulch as needed to help conserve moisture.
  • Make arrangements for someone to water if leaving for more than 2 days, especially with new plants.
  • Follow City Guidelines.
Watch Out For
  • Masses of worms eating your oak tree. Treat with Liquid Sevin, organically with Spinosad or Thuricide.
  • Mealy bugs – treat with, Liquid Sevin, or Spectracide Triazicide, or Bonide Systemic Liquid or Granule, organically with Neem Oil.
  • White flies on tropicals and perennials, especially lantana and hibiscus. Treat with Bayer Rose & Flower Spray, or Bayer Tree & Shrub Concentrate, organically with Pyrethrin, Insecticidal Soap or Neem Oil.
  • Caterpillars or their damage (chewed leaves). Spray with Gardentech Liquid Sevin, organically with Spinosad or Thuricide.
  • Fleas and ticks – treat lawns with Cyonara or Triazicide, organically with Spinosad, or Diatomaceous Earth Crawling Insect Killer.
  • Mosquitoes – Use Mosquito Beater Liquid for quick kill or Mosquito Beater Granules to repel.
Weed Control
  • Spray only growing weeds with Round Up or Horticultural Vinegar. These products kill all vegetation; so protect plants from drift or over spray.
  • Apply Hi Yield Weed Control with Dimension in the fall and spring to prevent seeds from sprouting. It will not control already growing weeds. Organically with Corn Gluten meal.
Fertilize
  • Tropicals with Hibiscus Food, organically with Maestro Rose Glo
  • Roses with Bayer Rose & Flower Rose Food, organically with Maestro Rose Glo
  • Blooming annuals and perennials with Hibiscus Food, or Osmocote 14-14-14 Time Release, organically with Medina Growin Green, Lady Bug Lawn and Garden, Hasta Gro or Maestro Rose Glo
  • Poinsettias with Miracle Gro, or organically with Maestro Rose Glo
  • Vegetables with Hi Yield Ammonium Sulphate, or Osmocote 14-14-14 Time Release Granules, organically with Hasta Gro, Maestro Rose Glo or Plant Tone
  • All plants especially stressed, or recently transplanted, with Hasta Gro organic fertilizer or Super Thrive
  • Note – Please, Please, Please, don’t kill the bees. They are one of the best sources we have to pollinate our fruits, vegetables, flowers, and shrubs.