Garden Calendar - August_September





   •Use Root Stimulator after transplanting any trees, shrubs, perennials, fruits, roses, houseplants, or tropicals.  Use every two weeks for the next 6-8 weeks.

    •Finish pruning evergreens except pines.  Do not prune azaleas, rhododendrons, hydrangeas, and spring-flowering shrubs until after bloom next spring.  These plants have already set flower buds for next spring.

    •Plant mums, iris, poppies, and other new perennials early so plants will become established before freeze in fall.

     •Sow lettuce, greens, and radish seeds in August for the fall garden. Pull onions after the tops die and let dry in the sun for 2-3 days.  Dry in a warm place for 2 weeks, and then store.

    •Plant spring flowering bulbs (tulips, daffodils, crocus, etc.) which arrive in late August/early September.  Use Dutch bulb food or HiYield Bone & Bloodmeal when planting.

    •Plant pansies for fall color (they arrive in September). Pansies will overwinter with blooms through winter and spring, even in the snow!  Mix in 2 Tablespoons HiYield Bone & Bloodmeal beneath each plant.    

    •Divide peonies in September if plants are overgrown or new plants are desired. Reset so the buds are no deeper than 1-2” below ground level or flowering will not occur.

    •Plant Autumn Crocus in late August for fall blooms. These are different than the spring blooming crocus!

    •Sow grass seed in September using New Lawn Starter fertilizer.  Have a soil test done first to determine if lime is needed.  Water daily and lightly for the first two weeks to keep ground moist for good germination).