September is Ideal Gardening Season…
Aug. 23, 2017 at 5:58 p.m.
Even though summer is reluctant to give way to fall, there is a bit of autumn in the air. Cooler days are all that it takes for the ardent gardener to want to till the soil, pull away what summer has burned and to plan for a newness of season and soil.
September days are ideal clean-up days -- get a head start on early falling leaves, destroy what is left of summer weeds before they provide seed for next year's crop in the garden cut away that misplaced seedling tree and give the hedge its final clipping for the year.
It is time to dream dreams of spring, to scan order catalogs and to select spring bulbs for an October and November planting. It is not too late to plan for the beauty of daffodils, jonquils, narcissus, Dutch iris, Dutch hyacinths, grape hyacinths and tulips.
Spring bulbs demand an October and November planting so they can become well rooted and established before they display their glories of spring. Select bulbs now. Keep them stored in a cool, dry location until the beds are well prepared and October and November days arrive. Early selection of bulbs insures choice selection and quality bulbs.
The secret of successful and colorful tulips is to pre-chill the bulbs before planting in late November and December. Place the tulip bulbs in the vegetable bin of your refrigerator for 45 to 60 days before planting. East Texas winters are not cold enough for this Yankee bulb; and, to insure tall, noble stems and good, colorful blooms, chill them we must. Do not freeze the bulbs, and plant them as soon as they are removed from the cold or all your efforts will be in vain.
Early autumn days are ideal to make landscape plans, select additional trees and shrubs for the landscape for a late Fall and Winter planting. Choose plants which will best do the job intended and be sure each plant has a major function. Now is the last call for feeding lawn grasses. A fall application of a complete and balanced fertilizer will help condition the grass for overwintering. Apply fertilizers when the grass blades are dry, water well into the soil to prevent burning.