Gardening Tips and Highlights

If you still have some empty space in your garden beds, September’s cooler temperatures and rainfall make it a great month for planting. New plants still have sufficient time for root development before the ground freezes.

Trees and shrubs should be planted by the end of September, and perennials by mid-October. Tropical and succulent plants, as well as herbs like bay and rosemary, can be overwintered as houseplants in a sunny location. Gradually move these plants into increasing shade outside before moving them inside to accustom them to the lower light levels.

  

Make sure to divide spring-bloom Perennials, such as Iris, zones 3-9 and Peonies, zones 3-9. Water plants thoroughly the day before you divide them, and after replanting, water and mulch around your new divisions to maintain adequate soil moisture and prevent heaving in winter.

Refresh containers by removing faded plants and popping in colorful, cold-tolerant fall plants such as pansies, mums, asters, kale, and grasses.

This article obtained from Fine Gardening. Check out the website for more information: http://www.wimastergardner.org.