Here are September AND October Chores!
I don't believe it's been so long since I've added to this BLOG. I've been on vacation, but I've also started doing some Katrina related work on-line. My time has been pretty devoted to that. However, that's no excuse for neglecting my "garden"! So, here are two months worth of chores for you. Have fun!
Seed or overseed new lawns before the leaves begin to fall.
Fertilize your perennials and shrubs... it will help them make
it through the winter.
Water your peonies and shrubs very heavily. It will have to last
Put all your non-diseased plant debris in the compost bin,
adding a bit of soil as well, to help get the chemistry moving!
If you haven't done a soil test... now is the time. Call your
local Extension Office for information.
BULBS! PLANT THEM!
You can still plant spring bulbs
If you have gladiolus, this is the time to dig the corms up.
This is a wonderful time to fertilize both lawn and garden
Plant cool and warm-season lawns
Move worm bins to basement or garage to maintain at least 40* through the winter months
Divide a clump of chives and bring indoors
If you haven't lifted your dahlias yet, this would be the time!
Bring any plants that are growing in containers inside for the
Reduce feeding houseplants(do not feed dormant houseplants)
Give your compost pile a final turning.
Try to keep the fallen leaves raked off the lawn. Put them in
the compost, shredding them first if possible, or mix them really well as they tend to compact.
You can plant garlic now for next years harvest.
Mark any perennials you want to separate so you can find them
Clean and oil your tools so they won't rust over the winter.
Plant container and balled-and-burlapped trees, fruit trees, shrubs and vines
Keep watering the shrubs and evergreens.
Plant container roses
Cut back your perennials
Sow seeds for frost-tolerant perennials
Try using evergreen boughs over your shrubs to provide winter
protection. They can be forced into the ground before the ground freezes, draping their branches over the shrubs.
Pull out your annuals and put them in the compost
It's time to store your hoses inside. Remember to drain them first
so they don't freeze and split!
Get those bird feeders up!