Plants & Products

Monthly Tips


Annuals and Perennials

Replace faded summer annuals with chrysanthemums, asters, pansies and other gorgeous fall flowers.

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.

Fruits and Vegetables

Plant lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower, beets, radishes, and other fall crops. Use Deer Off Waterproof Deer Repellent Stations to keep deer away from your harvest.

Garlic and onions can be planted now for harvest next year.


September is the best month of the year to make your lawn dense, dark green and healthy. 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.

For more tips on restoring your lawn for the fall season, view our fall guide to lawn restoration and weed prevention.

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!

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.

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.

Trees and Shrubs

Crape myrtles, Pee Gee hydrangeas, caryopteris, hypericum and butterfly bush keep the color coming!

Wait until your 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

Seasonal Care

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.