Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Lower South

September, 2008
Regional Report

Minimize Brown Patch With Proper Turf Care

September marks the beginning of the brown patch season on our southern St. Augustine lawns. Avoid early and excessive nitrogen fertilization and frequent watering, which predisposes turf to attack from this cool-season fungus. Wait until early to mid-October before making your fall fertilizer application.

Plant Cool-Season Flowers

Plant snapdragons, stocks, calendula, cyclamen, and primulas. The cool, rainy days of fall provide excellent conditions for these flowers to establish and grow rapidly for a beautiful fall and winter show. Add some compost to the soil prior to planting and build up raised beds to insure good drainage. While snapdragons, stocks, and calendulas prefer full sunlight, cyclamen and primula do well in a bright shade location.

Plant Fall Vegetables

The fall season is well under way in the southern garden. Plant beets, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, chard, Chinese cabbage, collards, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, mustard, garden peas, radishes, and turnips this month in the vegetable garden.

Start a Strawberry Bed

October is the best month for planting strawberries here in the lower south. The plants will grow slowly through our warm southern winters, preparing for a great harvest season in March and April. Prior to planting, work some compost into the soil and build raised beds for optimum drainage.

Clean Up Pests On Outdoor Houseplants

Houseplants that have spent the summer outdoors often bring pests inside when they are moved indoors for the winter. Look them over and get rid of pests like mites, aphids, scale, and mealybugs while they are still outdoors. Soap or oil sprays are often enough to clean up these pests.


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