Master Gardeners of Ellis County: September tasks – Hays Daily News

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Kansashealthyyards.org recommends the completion of these tasks in September: September is the time for cool-season lawn care. Devote some energy there to get your lawn back into shape. Fall-blooming perennials will start to turn on their colors also. Vegetables and Fruits • Continue to harvest vegetables• Pick apples and pears and store in a cool place to extend freshness• Harvest pumpkins when flesh is completely orange and avoid carrying by stem • Harvest winter squash when rind is hard enough to puncture with fingernail• Plant lettuce, spinach, and radishes• Remove weeds from garden plantings before going to seed• Herbs can be dug from garden and placed in pots for indoor use this winter• Remove small tomatoes from their vines to increase late development of more mature fruits Flowers• Plant spring flowering bulbs, tulips, daffodils, and others• Dig, divide, or plant peonies• Divide perennials, especially spring bloomers• Remove seed heads from perennials to prevent reseeding in the garden• Plant chrysanthemums for fall color• Dig gladiolus as foliage begins to yellow and air-dry before storing for winter• Clean up garden areas to reduce insects and disease as plants dieback for winter• Enrich soil by adding organic matter such as peat moss or compost Lawns• Plant or sod new tall fescue lawns• Renovate tall fescue lawns by verticutting• Core aerate cool season turf• Fertilize cool season grasses with high nitrogen sources of fertilizer• Mow turf at 2 to 3 inches and sharpen blade for a clean cut Trees and Shrubs• Plant trees and shrubs, deciduous and evergreen• Rake up fallen leaves and compost• Prune broken and dead branches from trees• Avoid pruning spring flowering shrubs such as lilac and forsythia to ensure spring flowers• Hand-pick bagworms to reduce problem in future Houseplants• Bring plants in before temperatures drop into the fifties• Clean and wash before moving indoors to reduce insects• Fertilize before winter conditions arrive and growth slows• Poinsettias can be forced into Christmas bloom by starting dark treatment of short days Master Gardeners of Ellis County, Cottonwood District.More information available at www.cottonwood.ksu.edu or call 785-628-9430
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