September Perennial Care

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  • It’s hard to believe that September is already here.  At he wise age of 31 it is amazing how each year seems to pass more quickly.  This is a great time of the year to be getting things done in the garden.  Temperatures are cooling down making it so much more comfortable to work outside.  There is a lot to do this time of year in your perennial garden.  My favorite thing to do this time of year is to walk through my garden and think about changes that need to be made for next year.  Winter is approaching so make notes to help tide you over through the colder months.    Here is a quick list of some of what you need to be considering this month.
  • Planting and Division:  with temperatures cooling off now is a great time to look around and see what is overgrown.  The cooler temperatures make division less stressful and in turn less care you have to put into the plants.  Make sure to use a good root stimulant to help your plants get started.  By transplanting and installing new plants now you are also allowing them enough time to establish their root system so that they don’t heave out of the ground with the first freeze.
  • Now is the time to install your bulbs.  The first thing that comes to mind are spring flowering bulbs such as Tulips and Daffodils; but don’t forget to think about your Peonies, Poppies and Iris as well.
  • Continue to weed!!!  The more consistent you are with this the less of it you are going to have to keep up with overall.  It is also a good time to get your final round of pre-emergent down.
  • Pruning and deadheading for your late summer blooming plants and any others that look past their prime which you haven’t gotten to yet.
  • If you have any beds that need a little bit of touch up mulch now is the time to get it down.  Make sure to look at past post which you can get to by clicking here to make sure you aren’t using too much mulch.
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