Gardening Month by Month
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Keep up with your harvesting and tend to watering chores : Keep new plantings well-watered, but at this time of year, pay attention to other parts of the landscape, too. 

Water deeply and well ,this is especially important for tomatoes and remember to pinch the suckers off tomatoes. Suckers are miniature stems that grow  from the main stalk. If not removed, they will grow to the size of a whole new plant, and create a tangle of stems.

Lawns should be mowed weekly, one of the best defenses against weeds. Continue to plant container-grown trees, shrubs, perennial herbs, and perennial flowers. Keep deadheading plants!Continue to fertilize roses.

Despite the heat, the August garden can look terrific as long as you keep up with weeding, watering, and deadheading.

Watering chores are what will eat up your garden time this month. If mature plants are flopping, tie them up or use plant supports or stakes to keep them from smothering neighboring plants.

If an annual flower or vegetable is struggling, at this point, just pull it up and pitch it.

If a perennial is sickly or looking otherwise awful, cut it back to just a few inches. Avoid pruning evergreens when it's so hot.

For best selection, plant bulbs early (sign up for our reminder service). Now is also the time schedule your fall application of and broad-leaf weed control to lawns.
 
September also is an excellent month to reseed and repair lawns. Halt fertilizing of roses and perennials. It will only encourage tender new growth that will get zapped this winter.
 
Although this time of year it's tempting to forget about weeding, keep up with it. Don't forget about the birds -- fall is the time overwintering birds establish their food sources. If you haven't already, put out your bird feeding equipment.
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Leaves are falling, asters and mums are blooming and we are scheduling for fall cleanup! Pick a crisp, sunny autumn afternoon and spend some time tending your garden. If it hasn't hit already, the first frost is likely to arrive this month.

There is still time this month for planting spring-blooming bulbs, including tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths, as long as the ground doesn't freeze.

Storing Tender Bulbs -- Dig up and store tender bulbs: tuberous begonias, glads, dahlias, cannas, and others. Empty pots for the winter and store in a covered spot. Leaving them out will cause them to crack over the winter. Continue to fill your bridfeeders!

OCTOBER
Time to cut back perennials felled by frost to just a few inches. Pull out annual flowers and vegetables killed by frost as well.
 
Wrap trunks of new trees, especially fruit trees with special wrap to prevent rodent damage and sun scald.
 
There still may be time to have us plant spring-blooming bulbs, including tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths, this month as long as the ground hasn't frozen. Prepare your roses for winter. For most, this means mounding several inches of soil around the base. If you haven't already, dig up and store tender bulbs, including tuberous begonias, glads, dahlias, cannas, and others. At the end of the season, clean and oil your hand tools and store.

Even though it's cold outside gardening can continue with holiday decorations.

Recycle your Christmas tree...cut off the branches and lay them around the base of roses and other less cold-tolerant plants. Or tuck boughs of the branches in windowboxes and pots for outdoor decoration until spring.

When snow arrives pile it atop perennials, as long as it doesn't have any salt in it. Snow or "white mulch" is a good blanket which protects plants from temperature extremes.
 
Use calcium chloride instead of sodium chloride on your walks. It does less damage to plants. Or, better yet, use sand, which doesn't hurt your plants a bit.
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