Here in Ohio, the month of September is one of the most pleasant months of the year. Warm days and cool evenings are perfect for getting work done around the yard. You might think that the growing season has ended, but you’d be surprised at all the work there is to be done!
Here are a list of things you should be doing this coming month:
- Clean up vegetable and perennial gardens
- Plant spring-blooming bulbs
- Harvest apples; put spoiled fruit in compost pile
- Clean off bird feeders and restock with seed
- Deadhead chrysanthemum plants to prolong bloom
- Plant garlic for harvest next summer
- Sow wildflower seed for bloom next spring
- Clean out rose beds and apply fungicide one last time to susceptible varieties
- Plant perennials
- De-thatch and aerate the lawn
- Prune summer-bearing raspberries
- Divide peonies, bearded iris and other spring- and summer-blooming perennials.
- Collect fall seeds from plants
- Take softwood cuttings of Evergreens and root in sand under mist
- Start growing/prepping holiday plants such as Christmas Cactus, Amaryllis and Poinsettia
And you thought you were done after you ate the last zucchini? Get busy! There’s still more to do next month!