MONTHLY CALENDAR

September

  • Flower and Vegetable Gardens
  • Tree and Shrub Beds
  • Lawns

General

  • Plan and schedule lawn renovations to repair this season's damage for a healthy lawn next season.
  • Prepare for planting and landscape installation as cooler nights provide the best temperatures for successful plantings.
  • Consider the introduction of seasonal color in all aspects of the home's exterior.

Tree and Shrub Beds

  • Cut back perennials showing signs that their season is over to 6-12" from the ground.
  • Remove summer annuals and replace with fall mums and winter pansies.
  • Remove old foliage only, leaving healthy foliage till later in the fall.
  • Maintain adequate water to avoid dry areas in beds.
  • Watch for plant damage caused by late-summer insects, such as scale, aphids, spider mites, Japanese beetles and bag worms.

Lawns

  • Identify dry or dead lawn patches damaged by summer fungus.
  • Plan and schedule lawn renovations to repair this season's damage for a healthy lawn next season.
  • Mow regularly and keep clippings on lawn.
  • Adjust mower blades to regular height for fall.
  • Reduce lawn damage by keeping mower blades sharp.