Garden Chores for September

Posted: September 2, 2011

Sow, clean up, harvest, preserve, eat! That’s what we do in September.

The Mountain Gardener is a newsletter put out by the Buncombe County Master Gardeners program, part of NC Extension. Each month they include a list of garden chores specific to western NC, as well as a calendar of events, class information, and planting tips.

Here is the slightly adapted list of chores for this month:


• September is the best time to plant cool season grasses (fescues and bluegrass). When using hybrid fescue blends use 5 to 6 pounds of seed per 1,000 square feet for new plantings. Use 2 to 3 pounds when overseeding thinned lawns.


• Do NOT fertilize shrubs. Late season nitrogen can reduce cold hardiness of woody plants.
• As soon as the weather cools down you can start removing summer annuals.
• Don’t neglect the roses. Reblooming varieties will rebound in the cooler weather and give you nice blooms in the fall if you have kept them healthy.
• Allow the amaryllis to dye down and put it aside to rest. It should be ready to begin growing again in November for a winter bloom.
• Crowded perennials can be divided. Some to divide now include daylilies, irises, phlox, yarrow and Rudbeckias.
• Move house plants indoors before temperatures drop below 50° F, check for insects first.

autumn beauty sunflower

Autumn Beauty sunflower


• This summer many gardeners had good crops of peaches and grapes, but also a lot of disease problems. To reduce problems next year do a good job of removing all plant debris—get mummified fruit out of the plant and pick up everything on the ground.
• Strawberries are forming next spring’s flower buds now. Fertilize, weed and water as needed.


Plant the fall vegetables by mid-month. This includes broccoli, collards, and other leafy greens.
• Plant spinach and lettuce seeds every couple of weeks for a continual harvest.
• Dig sweet potatoes before frost.
• Start cleaning up the garden. As soon as plants are spent—squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, beans—remove from the garden
• By this time it is easy to let down your guard on pest control.
• Insects can be a problem with all of the cabbage family crops. A weekly application of B.t. bacteria spray will prevent cabbageworms [Bt is a natural , non-pathogenic bacterium that is found naturally in the soil]. Use insecticidal soap for aphids if needed.


• Keep filling the hummingbird feeder. Migrating birds will make use of the food supply even into October.

The following two tabs change content below.

Latest posts by Sow True Seed (see all)

Comments are closed.

There are no products