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I think we can safely refer to August as the PETRICHOR MONTH. Petrichor is defined as the unique, earthy smell associated with rain. We had a record rainfall amount in August. But, on the positive side, our plants have been well watered by Mother Nature. Our rivers, streams, reservoirs, and underground aquifers are full as we head into September.
With September, we are entering a very important time for gardening, planting, and lawn care. Now is the time to take advantage of our moist, warm soils and get our planting and gardening tasks underway.
If you follow the S.O.D. program then you know that September is the start of lawn care season with seeding or overseeding your lawn with a cool-season fescue grass seed. And, you want to apply a lawn starter fertilizer to the lawn.
Now is the beginning of planting your cool crop vegetables such as lettuce, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, collards, etc. These leafy vegetables enjoy the cooler fall temperatures.
Bulbs such as daffodils, crocus, hyacinths, muscari, etc. can be planted now and will give you late winter/early spring color. Tulip bulbs are available now as well but you want to wait until closer to Thanksgiving to plant. Our soil temperature in September and October is still too warm for the tulip bulb. Buy now / plant later.
September is NOT a time to be doing any pruning on evergreen shrubs such as hollies, boxwoods, etc. Pruning will encourage new growth development and this new growth will not have enough time to “harden” off before cold sets in for the season. Hold off on any pruning until late winter when our plants are in a dormant state.
September is a good month to refurbish our flowering containers. Pansies, snapdragons, dusty miller, mums, etc. all work well together in giving your containers gardens a fresh, fall, and winter look.
Let’s make this fall a successful planting season. Come see us for all your plant and plant product needs as well as our helpful, professional advice.
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