FALL IS THE PERFECT TIME TO GARDEN
Fall is planting time! Shop now for a great selection of trees, shrubs, perennials, groundcovers and vines. Cooler temperatures and light fall rains encourage establishment and fall-planted plants have a jump start over those planted next spring.
Spring-flowering bulbs will be arriving soon. For a bountiful and colorful display early next spring, plant a selection of daffodils or narcissus, crocuses, hyacinths, tulips and muscari. Shop early for the best selection and freshest stock.
September and October are the optimal months for lawn care in our area. Overseed to fill in patchy areas or start a new lawn from seed or sod. Fertilize later in the month to green up summer-tired lawns.
Vegetable gardens thrive in the cooler weather of fall. Plant starts of cool season crops like broccoli, cabbages and kales or there is still time to seed fast crops like radishes and salad greens. Continue to harvest summer crops to encourage production and don’t forget to water deeply but infrequently. Once harvest is complete, rejuvenate empty planting beds by sowing a cover crop to add nitrogen and organic matter to the soil. Allow to grow over winter and till in early next spring.
Continue to water and maintain your garden. September can still be very dry in our area and regular deep watering will prepare plants properly for winter. Deadhead perennials and roses to encourage a late flush of flowers and divide overcrowded spring blooming perennials (peonies, iris, Oriental poppies, etc.) now.
Refresh those tired looking summer containers with a new selection of plants that will carry them through winter. Fall pansies and violas, ornamental peppers, cabbages and kale and all manner of small perennials, grasses, shrubs and groundcovers offer inspiration and color.