All Posts   Posted:   September 14, 2018 by Nicole Forbes - Dennis' 7 Dees Education Director

FOR FRESH COLOR:

Time to plant spring flowering bulbs soon; a wide selection of daffodils, tulips and crocus will reward you with early spring color! Be sure to use Black Forest Compost and bone meal or bulb food at planting time. Bulbs also make great additions to your fall/winter container plantings and can have pansies or violas planted over the top. Bulbs should be arriving at our garden centers the first or second week of September and can be planted as late as Thanksgiving but October is best.

FOR THE LAWN & LANDSCAPE:

Start a new lawn or over-seed patchy ones now through mid-October. It’s also prime time to aerate existing lawns. Seed a new lawn with 7-10 pounds of seed per 1000 square feet; use half this amount if over-seeding.

Divide and conquer: dig up and split large patches of iris, peonies, daylilies and other spring blooming perennials. Use a sharp spade or cultivation fork to dig and a pruning saw or Hori Hori knife to divide the clump. Replant with Malibu compost and starter fertilizer.

As the weather cools and regular rains return plant or transplant trees, shrubs and perennials for a jump-start on spring. Always use Gardner & Bloome starter fertilizer when planting or transplanting and water in with Root Master B-1 or Malibu Bu’s Brew compost tea to help quickly establish a healthy root system and boost the microbe levels in the soil.

FOR THE EDIBLE GARDEN:

It’s harvest time! Pick winter squash when the spot touching the ground changes from white to a cream or gold color. Dig potatoes, onions and garlic when the tops die down; store in a cool, dark location. Apply mulch to carrots, parsnips and beets for winter harvesting; use Black Forest Compost.

Continue to plant cover crops in the vegetable garden as space opens up. Cover crops compete with weeds and improve the soil while they are growing as well as add nutrition when they are turned under in the early spring.

Edibles to plant this month: garlic (bulbs), radishes, spinach, kale, chard, lettuce & mustard greens.

IN THE GARDEN SHED:

Apply beneficial nematodes to rhododendrons and azaleas suffering from root weevil damage. Bring a leaf sample to the garden center for diagnosis.

Pro-active pest control can greatly improve your garden’s productivity. Control slugs now to reduce your garden’s breeding population. Use bait traps or non-toxic Sluggo or Sluggo Plus.

Clean houseplants, check for insects, spray, repot and fertilize if necessary; then bring them indoors.

FOR FUN:

Take cuttings from maturing outdoor herbs to grow indoors during winter. Try cutting several 2-4 inch long stems from rosemary, basil, thyme, and sage – place in water for a few weeks while new roots grow. Once small root mass has formed gently transplant into container with Gardeners Gold potting soil. Supplement with artificial grow-lights if plants begin to yellow or do poorly.

FOR FRESH COLOR:

Time to plant spring flowering bulbs soon; a wide selection of daffodils, tulips and crocus will reward you with early spring color! Be sure to use Black Forest Compost and bone meal or bulb food at planting time. Bulbs also make great additions to your fall/winter container plantings and can have pansies or violas planted over the top. Bulbs should be arriving at our garden centers the first or second week of September and can be planted as late as Thanksgiving but October is best.

FOR THE LAWN & LANDSCAPE:

Start a new lawn or over-seed patchy ones now through mid-October. It’s also prime time to aerate existing lawns. Seed a new lawn with 7-10 pounds of seed per 1000 square feet; use half this amount if over-seeding.

Divide and conquer: dig up and split large patches of iris, peonies, daylilies and other spring blooming perennials. Use a sharp spade or cultivation fork to dig and a pruning saw or Hori Hori knife to divide the clump. Replant with Malibu compost and starter fertilizer.

As the weather cools and regular rains return plant or transplant trees, shrubs and perennials for a jump-start on spring. Always use Gardner & Bloome starter fertilizer when planting or transplanting and water in with Root Master B-1 or Malibu Bu’s Brew compost tea to help quickly establish a healthy root system and boost the microbe levels in the soil.

FOR THE EDIBLE GARDEN:

It’s harvest time! Pick winter squash when the spot touching the ground changes from white to a cream or gold color. Dig potatoes, onions and garlic when the tops die down; store in a cool, dark location. Apply mulch to carrots, parsnips and beets for winter harvesting; use Black Forest Compost.

Continue to plant cover crops in the vegetable garden as space opens up. Cover crops compete with weeds and improve the soil while they are growing as well as add nutrition when they are turned under in the early spring.

Edibles to plant this month: garlic (bulbs), radishes, spinach, kale, chard, lettuce & mustard greens.

IN THE GARDEN SHED:

Apply beneficial nematodes to rhododendrons and azaleas suffering from root weevil damage. Bring a leaf sample to the garden center for diagnosis.

Pro-active pest control can greatly improve your garden’s productivity. Control slugs now to reduce your garden’s breeding population. Use bait traps or non-toxic Sluggo or Sluggo Plus.

Clean houseplants, check for insects, spray, repot and fertilize if necessary; then bring them indoors.

FOR FUN:

Take cuttings from maturing outdoor herbs to grow indoors during winter. Try cutting several 2-4 inch long stems from rosemary, basil, thyme, and sage – place in water for a few weeks while new roots grow. Once small root mass has formed gently transplant into container with Gardeners Gold potting soil. Supplement with artificial grow-lights if plants begin to yellow or do poorly.