September gardening tasks are a necessity in order to make sure that your garden is prepped for the long cold winter months ahead. Surprisingly while some areas of your garden are getting ready to close for the year, others are still thriving. We put together some important to-do’s that you can do in September to make sure your garden is ready for next year and still producing before winter hits.
You read that right—plant fall vegetables! There are some great vegetables that handle the colder weather and have a short growth to harvest time frame. Starting a greens garden is a perfect example of fall vegetables. Growing lettuce, kale, arugula, swiss chard and spinach are perfect vegetables to grow during September. They don’t like growing in super-hot weather and thrive during those cooler months.
Give your lawn some love
September is the month you should give that lawn some much needed love. Aeration and fertilizing are ways to make sure your lawn has everything it needs to make it through the colder months ahead. It’s beneficial to add seed or sod to new lawns or to fix those bare spots in older lawns. Controlling weeds like clover and dandelion now helps make sure they don’t leach the much-needed nutrients from your grass. If you need help with getting that lawn ready for winter you can always give our landscaping division, City Floral Landscaping a call and they can help.
Improve that soil
Fall is a great time to improve that soil in your garden. First remove those less than stellar vegetables and flowers. This will help prevent diseases and insects from affecting your garden next year. Then you’ll want to spread 2 – 3 inches of organic compost or manure over the surface of existing soil. Rototill or blend the compost into the top layer of your soil and rake smooth. Your garden soil will be happy next year and ready to take on those plants.
September is the time we start getting those much-loved flower bulbs in stock. People everywhere love to get new flower bulbs for their garden simply because they are easy-to-grow and look amazing when they bloom. Just remember that September is still a bit early to put them in the ground because the unpredictable weather we can get here in Colorado. They like to be planted in consistently cooler soil because it helps them establish roots better. So, make sure you come get them early because they will sell out fast. Until it’s time to plant them keep them in a cool, dry place.