CALENDAR

    A Gardening Calendar from Morrison's.

    You might think that this being New England that there are only a few precious months to tend to your home & garden. We're here to show you 12 months of reasons why there's always something "green" to do.

    September

    General

    The days are getting shorter, and the temperatures starting to go down. So, make sure you reset irrigation schedules to reflect these changes.

    Early morning watering is best, but try to at least have all watering done by mid afternoon so foliage is dry going to bed.

    We can still have dry periods, so if it hasn’t rained remember to water your plants as they are setting up for next year.

    Tired looking annuals can be refreshed with new ones that are cold tolerant, and will provide color through the fall. Mums are the most popular choice, but pansies, viola, million bells, verbena, ornamental peppers and Diamond Frost euphorbia will also do well.

    Plants such as floweringl kale should not be overlooked, as their foliage provides a gorgeous fall color.

    Multicolored Swiss chard and dwarf grasses like Fireworks are also great choices that will last into November.

    In perennials check out all the new colors in coral bells.

    September is a great time to transplant peonies. Time to buy fall bulbs that bloom in the spring like daffodils and tulips, but it is best to wait until the temperatures are in the 50’s and 60’s before planting.

    Treat for slugs and snails so you will have fewer next spring. Early fall color in trees and bushes mean they are under stress, so be sure to check for water.

    Edibles

    There is still time to plant fast maturing cold tolerant crops like lettuce and radishes from seed.

    Young plants of chard, kale and broccoli can still be planted.

    Keep weeding! Don’t let weeds go to seed for it only causes more weeds next year.

    If you have extra herbs, try drying them with the microwave.

    The first fruit to ripen on fruit trees is on the outside of the tree canopy.

    When picking squash and pumpkins, it is best to wait until they have turned color.

    When vegetable plants and annuals are added to the compost, cut them up as this will speed up decomposition.

    Don’t plant garlic until November.

    Lawn

    Fall is the best time of year for lawn projects.

    Fall is ideal for seeding a new lawn and over seeding an existing lawn.

    There are two more applications of fertilizer for the year. Early September, and the final application in early November.

    If soil is compacted in your lawn, now is a great time for aeration. Leave the plugs taken out on the surface, and never rake them up.

    Check soil pH, and if it is under 6.4 then add lime.

    If you lawn is established, use a lawn food with no phosphorous.

    Organic lawn foods are less likely to leach, and they feed gradually over the season.

    October

    General:

    There is still time to move perennials. Leave grasses where they are and divide them in the spring.
    Potted plants can still be planted in the landscape.

    Spring flowering bulbs are best planted starting in mid-October.

    If your landscape is subject to browsing deer, then plant daffodils and alliums which they don’t like.

    Clean and compost any leaves that fall.

    If you have hemlocks, October is the best time to spray horticultural oil for wooly adelgid control.

    By the end of the month your houseplants will need to be brought inside for the winter. Check for insects and prune back where needed.

    If there is no rain, be sure to still water trees and shrubs so they are not stressed going into winter.

    Now is the time that conifers shed their interior needles to get ready for winter.

    Cold tolerant annuals can still be planted now and will last until Thanksgiving.

    Edge your beds in the fall to save time in the spring.

    Store pesticides where they will not freeze.

    Edibles:

    Don’t harvest your winter squash until the skin or find has completely hardened. Store in a cool dry place.

    As areas of your garden become empty, plant a cover crop such as winter rye, to improve the soil.

    Brussels sprouts and Cape Cod turnips improve with multiple frosts.

    Carrots and turnips can be mulched and dug up throughout the winter.

    Hot peppers can be dried and stored for months.

    Time to buy your garlic, but don’t plant until November; remember plant with the pointy side up.

    When carving your pumpkins for Halloween be sure to save the seeds for roasting.

    Lawns: 

    There is still time to reseed and create a lawn early in the month.

    Aerating a lawn is best done when the soil is moist.

    A small amount of leaves can be chopped up and left on the lawn to improve the soil; but not too much. If you are using a mulching lawn mower remember to mow often for the grass grows faster in cooler weather.

    Fall is a good time to lime, but do a soil test first to see if you need too.

    Always follow the 1/3 rule and never remove more than one third of the grass at a mowing. Mowing is always best when the grass is dry.

    When mowing a newly seeded area always mow high and try not bag the grass clippings.

    Picking up leaves frequently allows the grass to get more sunlight.