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.
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.
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.