This Month’s Tips
- Pick and store winter squash; mulch carrots, parsnips and beets for winter harvesting. Harvest potatoes when the tops die down. Store them in a dark location.
- Aerate lawns.
- Early-September: Apply 1 pound nitrogen per 1,000 square feet to lawns
- Stop irrigating your lawn after Labor Day to suppress European crane fly populations.
- Recycle disease-free plant material and kitchen vegetable and fruit scraps into compost.
- Divide peonies and iris.
- Plant or transplant woody ornamentals and mature herbaceous perennials. Fall planting of trees, shrubs and perennials can encourage healthy root growth over the winter.
- Plant daffodils, tulips and crocus for spring bloom. Work calcium and phosphorus into the soil below the bulbs at planting time,
- Plant winter cover of annual rye or winter peas in vegetable garden.
Here’s a longer list of September tasks, if you have more time or other garden areas.