— Farmer’s Almanac, 1818
For the lawn:
- Late in the month, begin fall lawn renovation, thatching, aerating and overseeding.
- Plan and install new lawns with seed or sod.
- September is the best time to fertilize lawns for strong roots. Use an organic or slow-release fertilizer that rain won’t wash away.
In the garden:
- Keep all flowers picked.
- Once the weather gets cooler, dig and divide your perennial plants and herbs.
- Cut raspberry canes that bore fruit this summer back to the ground. Leave 7-10 strong
new canes per plant.
- Water trees and shrubs less; allow them to harden off.
- Mulch trees and shrubs with wood chips, ground bark, or fall leaves to protect and
nourish the soil.
- Plant a winter cabbage such as Early Jersey Wakefield early in the month.
- Sow winter choys and mustards — try Tokyo Beau and Mizuma.
- Plant green manures (“cover crops”) like crimson clover, vetch, and field peas through October. (See our two-part post, Green Manures in Your Garden.)
- Harvests abound! Enjoy the bounty.