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Checklist for the Autumn Garden

by | Sep 2, 2012 | Market News

 By Jackie Overom

Fall clean up with Pahl's

The weather is cooling and gardeners are enjoying the time putting their gardens to bed. It’s a time of planting, cleaning, and planning. The following is a very basic list of things that will help your garden be even better next year.

  • Take time to assess your gardens and note what was successful and what you can improve on. Some simple notes taken in the fall can be great inspiration for the next gardening season.
  • If you have peonies that you want to move or divide, September is the perfect time to transplant them.
  • Fertilize your lawn in late September to give it a quick source of nutrients early next year.  September is a great time to plant grass seed also.
  • Harvest the last of your vegetable garden before a hard freeze. Carrots actually taste sweeter after a frost or two. 
  • September is a great time to plant trees and shrubs. Not only are they usually on sale, but will have a great start in the early Spring to establish well.
  • Water all trees and shrubs well in the fall so they go into winter with good moisture.
  • Plant tulips, daffodils, crocus, and spring flowering bulbs in mid to late September.
  • Before a hard freeze, dig up bulbs and tubers of tender plants such as cannas, gladiolas, and dahlias.  Store in a cool basement to replant in the Spring.
  • Apply systemic insecticide to plants you want to bring indoors for the 
    winter.
  • Cut back perennials and clean away debris once they have frozen.
  • Rake leaves fallen from trees and bag or compost them.

Once you have completed the above list, smile and enjoy a wonderful cup of hot cider – you’ve earned a break!  Have a gardening question?  Click here to ask the experts at Pahl’s.

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