Annuals and Perennials
Replace faded summer annuals with fall blooming chrysanthemums, aters, pansies and ornamental peppers
Pick up spring flowering bulbs now for the best selection and plant any time before Christmas.
Divide and transplant bearded iris, peonies, daylilies and other spring and summer flowering perennials.
September is a great time to plant shade perennials, many of which have evergreen foliage, so that they have plenty of time to establish their roots before winter. Ferns, coral bells and foam flower are a few of our favorites.
Garden Bed Maintenance
Apply a weed preventer to your garden beds after planting your fall flowers to prevent bittercress, chickweed and other weeds from growing.
Fruits and Vegetables
Cool Season Vegetables
Plant lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower, beets, radishes, and other fall crops.
Garlic and onions can be planted now for harvest next year.
Use Deer Off Waterproof Deer Repellent Stations to keep deer away from your harvest.
Warm Season Vegetables
Harvest and preserve herbs for use in the winter. You can freeze leafy herbs such as basil, sage and tarragon. Oregano, rosemary and thyme are best when dried.
Repair bare patches and overseed your existing lawn with one of Merrifield’s custom grass seed mixtures and fertilize with Merrifield Select Lawn Food. If you are not seeding, fertilize with Merrifield Premium Lawn Food.
Use sod to repair bare patches and worn areas, if you do not want to wait for seed to grow. Sod can be planted at any time of the year.
If your lawn is suffering because of dense, heavy clay, this is a good time to aerate the ground and topdress with compost. This can be done at the same time as seeding and fertilizing.
Lawns should be fertilized 2-3 times each fall, beginning in September. Roots are growing and storing food for the coming year. Fertilize with Merrifield Premium Lawn Food to build those roots!
Trees and Shrubs
Butterfly bush, caryopteris, crape myrtles, Pee Gee hydrangeas, hypericum
Prune roses by reducing height by 10% – 20% and removing any dead or diseased branches. Fertilize with rose food when finished.
Wait until your other plants have gone dormant to do any pruning. If you prune now, it may stimulate new growth that may not enough time to sufficiently mature prior to an early
You can support pollinators in late summer and early fall by planting blue lobelia, goldenrod and New York ironweed. Joe Pye weed, milkweed and gaillardia are also still in bloom.
The weather can still be hot in September and plants, especially those in containers, will need special care to make sure that they receive enough water. Follow our watering instructions to ensure your plants receive adequate water.