August 25, 2020 11:26 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

While there’s still a little bit of time left in the gardening season, it is at least time to begin thinking about preparing for fall and the cooler weather to come. There are a lot of tasks you can perform in September to maintain your garden while also preparing yourself for the inevitable arrival of shorter days and chilly temperatures.

With this in mind, we want to provide a September tree and lawn maintenance guide for our Baton Rouge clients. Here are just a few examples of some of the steps you should take in September to end the season on a high note:

  • Harvest crops: If you still have any produce growing, you should complete your fall harvest. Popular fall produce items include pumpkins, squashes, potatoes, apples, pears and certain types of raspberries.
  • Clean up the garden: Throughout the month, you can start clearing out the garden, removing dead plants and debris and repairing walls or fences. Continue weeding the garden so that you don’t have as much work to do in the spring when the growing season begins again.
  • Fix up the soil: After you’ve cleaned up your gardens, it’s a good time to fix up the soil. Add a thick layer of compost, shredded leaves or manure to the soil, and it will decay over the winter to provide some rich nutrients to your garden beds.
  • Add more mulch: Just as adding compost or manure can help you provide more nutrients to the soil to prepare for spring, increasing your mulch layers will help you protect roots during the cold winter months. This is especially important for younger plants, which can use the extra insulation to survive the winter and come back strong and well-rooted in the spring.
  • Perform perennial work: If you have certain perennials that are coming in too large or thick, you can divide them and move them into new locations. They can root themselves over the winter months and come up in the spring without any difficulty.
  • Dig up bulbs: If you have certain flower bulbs that are not capable of surviving heavy freezes or winters, you can dig them up in September and store them in a cool, dark, dry place until spring arrives and you can replant them.
  • Collect seeds: If you like to collect seeds from your flowers to use for replanting, the fall is a great time to do this. Let the blooms go to seed to collect them for the next year.
  • Plant fall flowers: If you like to plant fall flowers, now is the time to do so. There are a variety of choices in fall-friendly colors that can make great additions to your gardening if you plan to stay outside during the upcoming season.
  • Plant bulbs for spring: Hardier bulbs that grow in the spring can be planted in the fall, which will give them a good head start. Do this with tulips, crocuses, hyacinths and other types of bulb flowers.
  • Plant trees and shrubs: Fall is a great time to plant new trees and shrubs, as the roots will still have time to thrive in warm soil and get established before winter.

For more information to add to your September tree maintenance guide in Baton Rouge, contact the team at Allan’s Tree Service today.

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