Northern & Central Midwest

September, 2010
Regional Report

Renovate Lawn

Renovate bare areas in lawn by scratching up the existing soil and raking it smooth. Spread the correct grass seed for your area, and sprinkle with straw mulch. Water in well and water daily until the grass plants are up several inches. Don't mow until the grass reaches six inches.

Divide Perennials

Divide perennials to rejuvenate them and produce more plants. Either dig the plant and split it into several pieces or leave the plant in the ground and slice it into two or more pieces and lift all but one piece. Replant and water in well for a beautiful show next year.

Plant Spring Bulbs

Plant spring bulbs now. Prepare beds by loosening the soil and adding compost. Plant bulbs in clusters or five or ten for an attractive show. Plant tulip and daffodil bulbs about six inches deep. Spread a light covering of soil covering and add smaller bulbs on top for a "bulb bouquet".

Prepare New Beds

Prepare soil for new beds. This is the time to prepare for planting asparagus, grapes, rhubarb and strawberries next spring. Take soil tests and add amendments as necessary. For extra nutrients, you can seed a cover crop on the new bed and then turn it under in spring.

Plant Greens

Make sure to get spinach and other greens such as mustard, chard, pak choi and lettuce planted now. There is still plenty of time for growth, and there's nothing quite like fresh greens for the Thanksgiving table. Consider covering with a portable cold frame for a longer season.

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