Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association


September, 2001
Regional Report

Spreading Lawn Seed

Use the most precise drop spreader when scattering lawn seed in a tight space, along a walk or driveway. This will avoid spillage and over seeding in those areas. Use the faster rotary type spreader (cyclone or broadcast spreader) in larger areas where speed and broader dispersal is

Let Squash Ripen

Don't pick that pumpkin or winter squashes too soon. Wait until the rind hardens. If it's easy to pierce the rind with a fingernail, then it's not ready. When you do harvest, cut several inches of stem as well so it keeps longer. Allow fruits to cure in the sun for 1 to 2 weeks, then store in a cool (60oF) dry location.

Seed Lawns

September is a good month for seeding lawns. Use high quality, certified seed dated for this year, loosen the soil, incorporate organic matter such as compost plus correct amounts of fertilizer and lime as indicated by soil tests. Rake in the seed so it's barely covered, and keep the soil moist until the seed germinates.

Harvest Fall Raspberries

Harvest fall-bearing raspberries as soon as they ripen. After picking, remove the canes that have just produced fruit and prune away any dead or diseased branches and foliage. Clean up and destroy any diseased, disfigured, or mummified fruit to reduce incidents of pest and diseases in the patch next year.

Plant Trees and Shrubs

Plant deciduous trees and shrubs now. Dig a hole several times wider than the root ball. Set the plant in the hole at the same depth as it grew originally and backfill with native soil. Layer several inches of organic mulch over the planting area, but don\'t have it touching the bark. Water deeply if needed to keep the slightly moist (but not sopping wet) until the ground freezes.


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