CALENDAR

    A Gardening Calendar from Morrison's.

    You might think that this being New England that there are only a few precious months to tend to your home & garden. We're here to show you 12 months of reasons why there's always something "green" to do.

    August

    General

    Step back and admire your handy work. Regular monitoring helps with spotting disease or insect problems early, making the issues easier to correct before they cause serious damage.

    Many annuals, and some perennials, benefit from dead heading. This also stops the plant from wasting energy in making seed resulting in more flowers.

    Morning is always the best time to water due to less moisture being lost to evaporation. Watering in the morning also helps with disease control.

    Check your compost pile for moisture, and be sure to keep it from drying out. Turning your compost and getting it more air also helps to speed up decomposition.

    Keep weeding, and make sure that you pay close attention to removing weeds that are about to spread seed.

    Use Glyphosate mixed at the tough brush rate for poison ivy control. This is most effective when done early in the month.

    Japanese Knotweed should flower at the end of the month. This is the best time to treat it with an herbicide.

    Later in the month it is safe to lift and divide spring blooming perennials where needed.

    Hot, dry weather is most favorable for spider mites, so be on the lookout and treat if necessary.

    Edibles

    Picking young fruit frequently will encourage more fruiting in vegetables. Older beans and squash tend to be tougher too.

    When onion plants have died back, dig the bulbs and cure them in warm dry ventilated areas.

    Cool season crops like lettuce and beets can be started from seed now. 

    Harvest potatoes when the foliage has turned yellow and died. Dry the potatoes first, and then store them in a cool, dark place.

    How do I know that a cantaloupe is ready? It separates easily from the vine.

    If growing dry beans; harvest when the foliage has dried.

    Prune out and remove raspberry canes that bore fruit this spring.

    Harvest sweet corn when kernels are plump; wait too long and you will lose the sweetness of the corn.

    Lawn

    When using a broadleaf weed killer, be careful that the temperature and humidity is not too high, as this will damage cool season grasses.

    The end of the month is a good time to treat Japanese beetle grubs with Milky spore disease. Ask us how.

    Make plans to dethatch and aerate around Labor Day if needed. 

    If a new lawn, or an old one, needs refurbishing start planning now as September is the best time to plant for the year.

    Always water in the morning to help prevent disease.

    Where possible, always mulch your grass clippings back into the lawn.

    Organic fertilizers are safer for the lawn during hot weather, as the lower nitrogen levels are less likely to burn.

    September

    General

    The days are getting shorter, and the temperatures starting to go down. So, make sure you reset irrigation schedules to reflect these changes.

    Early morning watering is best, but try to at least have all watering done by mid afternoon so foliage is dry going to bed.

    We can still have dry periods, so if it hasn’t rained remember to water your plants as they are setting up for next year.

    Tired looking annuals can be refreshed with new ones that are cold tolerant, and will provide color through the fall. Mums are the most popular choice, but pansies, viola, million bells, verbena, ornamental peppers and Diamond Frost euphorbia will also do well.

    Plants such as floweringl kale should not be overlooked, as their foliage provides a gorgeous fall color.

    Multicolored Swiss chard and dwarf grasses like Fireworks are also great choices that will last into November.

    In perennials check out all the new colors in coral bells.

    September is a great time to transplant peonies. Time to buy fall bulbs that bloom in the spring like daffodils and tulips, but it is best to wait until the temperatures are in the 50’s and 60’s before planting.

    Treat for slugs and snails so you will have fewer next spring. Early fall color in trees and bushes mean they are under stress, so be sure to check for water.

    Edibles

    There is still time to plant fast maturing cold tolerant crops like lettuce and radishes from seed.

    Young plants of chard, kale and broccoli can still be planted.

    Keep weeding! Don’t let weeds go to seed for it only causes more weeds next year.

    If you have extra herbs, try drying them with the microwave.

    The first fruit to ripen on fruit trees is on the outside of the tree canopy.

    When picking squash and pumpkins, it is best to wait until they have turned color.

    When vegetable plants and annuals are added to the compost, cut them up as this will speed up decomposition.

    Don’t plant garlic until November.

    Lawn

    Fall is the best time of year for lawn projects.

    Fall is ideal for seeding a new lawn and over seeding an existing lawn.

    There are two more applications of fertilizer for the year. Early September, and the final application in early November.

    If soil is compacted in your lawn, now is a great time for aeration. Leave the plugs taken out on the surface, and never rake them up.

    Check soil pH, and if it is under 6.4 then add lime.

    If you lawn is established, use a lawn food with no phosphorous.

    Organic lawn foods are less likely to leach, and they feed gradually over the season.