It’s time to enjoy the fruits of your labor! But that doesn’t mean gardening season is over. Here are our tips to prepare your plants for the cooler weather to come.
- Remember to pick plants clean of produce and do not allow fruits and vegetables to drop and decompose on the ground.
- Pull plants and dispose of them as they finish reproducing.
- For fall gardeners, plant fall radishes, beets, broccoli and cauliflower this month for production before hard freezes.
- When mowing, leave the blades taller at around 3-3.5”. This will provide better insulation and better water usage. Roots also grow taller in relation to the height of the grass blade.
- Continue to water your lawn. Lawns should receive 1-1.5” of water per week.
- Towards the end of the month going into September, consider applying a fertilizer. Do not fertilize if not actively growing. If you want to apply a weed killer at the same time, apply Fertilome Weed Free Zone. For lawns with no weeds apply Fertilome Classic Lawn Food.
Perennials, Shrubs and Trees
- Many perennials and shrubs should be deadheaded. This means cutting out the dead and faded blooms. Watch for dallies, spirea and garden phlox to finish flowering.
- Some plants will start to go into dormancy. These should be trimmed down when completely brown.
- Spider mites are often a problem in evergreens. If you have spider mites, you should be spraying with Bonide Systemic Insect Control.