September 2008 Newsletter

September 3, 2008

Summer is coming to an end and now is the time to think about winter prep. Before long summer will be over and fall will arrive with all it's glorious color. There are a few things to get done prior to winter.

September is bulb planting month, if there are any spring bulbs you are interested in, now is the time to plant them. Bulbs like Tulips, Daffodils and Crocus prefer to be planted now rather than later in the season.

After your flowers and vegetables die off, you may want to consider preparing your soil for next season. I prefer to remove my vegetable plants after they start to die off while at the same time I leave the annuals since they may return the next spring. Once I have removed all the plants I intend to remove, I like to prepare the soil for winter by adding mulched leaves and some compost. Once I have turned the soil a bit, I cover it with a good layer of mulch to help protect the remaining plants roots.

Shrub and trees need to have sufficient moisture prior to winter and going into hibernation. If the fall does not provide a normal amount of moisture, I like to root water each plant to give them the ability to start strong in the spring.

Over the next month or so, you can start collecting any annual seed you want. I usually save seed from my Moss Rose and Marigold flowers. Just store them in an envelope in a cool, dry and dark location.

I like to leave all my perennials alone, I do not remove the dead plant until spring. This helps shelter the roots and provide nutrients to the soil all winter. Again just provide a good layer of mulch to protect the roots.

Container gardens and pots should be emptied and stored for winter. I don't through away the dirt, I just add it to the compost bin. Containers will last much longer if they are stored away from the harsh winter elements.

Prepping for winter is hard work but the rewards in the spring are well worth it. Once the work has been completed you can sit back and relax while taking in all the beauty of fall. Rake those leaves and save them for spring mulch or just add them to a compost bin. Fall is one of the most colorful times of year and the sooner the work is done the sooner it can be enjoyed.

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