September Tips

September: Landscaping Tips & Tricks

What to Plant…

  • Annuals/Bedding plants: To add color into fall try zinnia and wax begonia.
  • Bulbs: You can add color, texture, and pattern to your garden during the month of September by planting a variety of bulbs such as elephant’s ear (Alocasia spp.), calla, narcissus, and zephyr lily.
  • Herbs: September is the perfect month to plant Mexican tarragon, mint, rosemary, and basil.
  • Vegetables: Certain vegetables and fruits should be planted before the spring season. Get started early and establish your strawberry plants, broccoli, carrots, cabbage, collards, and many others.

What to Do…

  • Lawn insects: Continually monitoring your lawn is important, look for any signs of damage from insects. In the fall armyworms, mole crickets, cinch bugs, and sod webworms can still be active.
  • Perennials and bulbs: For the perennials or bulbs that have grown too large or just need rejuvenation you can divide and replant. Be sure to add fresh organic matter to the new planting area and monitor the watering while it is still establishing.
  • Lawns: The latest you should apply fertilizer is mid to late September in north Florida. It is best to pick a fertilizer that has little to no phosphorus unless your soil test shows the need for phosphorus. Opt for a fertilizer that contains controlled-release nitrogen to gain longer-lasting results. To get the best results, we recommend that you hire a professional lawn pest control company.
  • Lawn weeds: Maintaining healthy grass can be the best defense for weeds. Try to avoid “weed and feed” products; apply herbicides only to the areas that have weed infestations. To get the best results, we recommend that you hire a professional lawn pest control company.
  • Garden for hummingbirds: By planting firespike, firebrush, russelia, and other plants we can supply nectar for the visiting hummingbirds.
  • Vegetable garden: If you haven’t finished by august you can prepare the vegetable garden by using transplants from the local garden center. Transplants can get you started fast however seeds offer more varieties to choose from