Coastal and Tropical South

September, 2004
Regional Report

Help Poor Lawns Recover

It's time for some late-summer lawn care. Spot-control weeds by pulling or spraying individual plants. Loosen up the soil in bare spots and seed or plug turf grass, then keep it well watered. Use a fall-feeding formula later this month to promote root development.

Plant Garlic and Herbs

September gives gardeners the chance to renew herb plantings and add garlic and shallot bulbs to gardens and containers. Parsley, cilantro, and dill take right off this month, offering their flavors for the table and hosting butterflies. Sink garlic and shallots 1 inch deep. Root rosemary this month from tip cuttings.

Beware Rain Falling From Trees

It feels like a light shower, but the truth is, that mist falling from trees this time of year isn't from the clouds. It's not sap, either, but the undigested lunch of insects feeding on your trees. The damaged trees can become dehydrated, and they often don't bloom properly, so control the insects to prevent the "rain."

Preventing Reseeding Cleomes

If you liked the cleomes, but don't want them permanently, clip off the old flowers or the seedpods if they've formed. Deep mulch will help prevent these rampant reseeders, but deadheading the plants works best. More flowers may form soon as a bonus, so water and fertilize after cutting the plants back.

Sow Spinach

September is the only good time to plant traditional spinach varieties in our region, and the later the better. Work up a small area in the garden now, and add lime to the soil to sweeten it. Later, soak seed for a couple of hours in warm water before planting.

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