September Garden Tips

Fall is the BEST time to plant in our area!

coneflowers ornamental grasses perennialsFall is the BEST time to plant trees, shrubs and perennials. The shorter days and cooler nights make for perfect planting of trees and shrubs. Planting in Fall allows greater root establishment because the ground is still warm and roots will take off. See our planting guide for trees and shrubs.

When planting new plants, soil preparation is the most important step to ensure success. We recommend using organic compost and Bio-tone.

More gardening to-dos:

  • It’s a great time to revitalize your plants by fertilizing with Espoma Organic fertilizers. We have Bio-tone, Plant-tone, Holly-tone, and others with added micro-nutrients & beneficial bacteria to bring your soil back to life.
  • Deadhead tired perennials.
  • Finish pruning before mid-September on evergreens that might need tidying up.
  • For those doing fall renovations to lawns, check out the NCSU turf files site for detailed info, including the NCSU LAWN CARE APP and “Carolina Lawns“.
  • Feed the birds. As the weather starts to cool off, be sure to have plenty of seed and suet for your feathered friends.
  • Get your fall vegetable garden transplants in. Most of your root and leaf crops can be planted in a fall garden like lettuce, collards, cabbage, kale, broccoli, and more!
  • Control deer, rabbits, and voles. Keep these hungry guys from decimating your plants with Imustgarden natural animal repellents. A great local product that works on repelling rabbits, deer, squirrels, and even cats and dogs, plus it’s all organic and smells good!

Bayleaf and friendsNeed gardening advice? Our staff is always happy to help you find gardening solutions, plus we offer classes on all kinds of gardening topics! See our Events page for details.