Gardening Tips for September

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Gardening Tips for September

Each month brings special preparations, and September is no different.  This is a good month to take stock of your garden and start planning for the winter, and for next year’s garden.  With these easy tips, you can have a successful garden year after year.

Stop pruning & fertilizing.

Begin your fall clean-up of your garden by cutting back anything that is diseased or has finished blooming.

Herbs can be dug from your garden and placed in pots for growing indoors for the winter.

Spring bulb planting can start, except tulips.  Tulips should be kept in a cool, dark place and planted in late October.  We love Colorblends for their fabulous bulb selection, and they’re right here in Bridgeport.

Divide and move perennials.

Weeding, weeding, weeding. 

Fill in any gaps in your garden with autumn flowering annuals, such as Chrysanthemums, Pansies and Kale. Fall is also a great time to plant Peonies for next spring’s show of color.

Do you have a water element in your garden?  Like a pond?  Now is the perfect time to put a net over it to protect it from falling leaves.  You’ll thank us, I promise you!

September is a great month to plant new perennials.  The soil is still warm enough and you can fill any openings in your garden. Think Lavender, Salvia, and Asters – they’ll be in full bloom next year at this time.

Watch for early frost warnings and cover any plants that could be effected by it.

Photograph your garden (we recommend doing this all summer) and keep notes for yourself.  What plants worked in what area.  If you have a container garden, what flowers worked with what container in what spot.  Use your own photographs for inspiration for next year.  Or use the photographs to remind yourself of the frustrations you encountered.

September has shorter days and cooler temperatures; take advantage of the cooler temps to do some new planting, weeding, clean-up and planning for next year.  We love September.

In our next blog post we will discuss The Best Practices for Cutting Back Perennials, an important element to the success of your garden.

Jon Sweeney

Pat has been an avid gardener throughout her adult life. Her education was in fine arts, with a further degree in commercial art. After a decade as an Art Director, Pat segued into landscaping, and has worked as a Landscape Designer in Fairfield County for the past twenty years.