September Birth Flower - Aster

Household Tips

  • Check air pressure in tires for better gas mileage.
  • Clean or replace heating filters.
  • Install covers over air-conditioner. Both window and central units.
  • Fertilize houseplants with Sure Bloom.

Lawn and Garden Tips

  • Apply Hummert Long Lasting Dyna Green fertilizer.
  • Apply Broadleaf weed control if necessary - Use Gordon's Speedzone with Spreader Sticker added or Bonide Weed Beater Ultra (already contains spreader sticker)
  • Sowing seeds of Radish, Lettuce, Spinach and other greens in a cold frame will prolong harvests.
  • Continue to check for spider mite damage, especially on plants such as burning bush or alberta spruce. Leaves may be speckled above and yellowed below. Evergreen needles appear dull fray-green to yellow or brown. Spray with Bonide All Seasons Horticultural Spray Oil. This will control eggs as well.
  • Cuttings of annuals can be taken now to provide vigorous plants for overwintering.
  • Houseplants: Check for pests and treat if necessary with inscecticidal soap. Plants should be brought indoors at least one month before the heat is normally turned on.
  • Harvest herbs ow to freeze or dry for winter use.
  • Perennials, especially spring bloomers, can be divided now. Enrich the soil with peat moss or compost before replanting
  • Divide peonies - 3 to 5 pink eyes - plant no more than 1 inch deep - mix 1 cup bone meal when planting, 1 cup after they bloom and one cup in September. Replant in a sunny site.
  • Pinch off any young tomatoes that are too small to ripen. This will channel energy into ripening the remaining full-size fruits.
  • Fertilize spring flowerng bulbs such as Tulips, Daffodils and the like with Hummert Flower and Garden or Sure Bloom.
  • If seeding do not core Aerate. Verti--cut or hand rake areas to be seeded.
  • Look for Hackberry Psyllid (small gnat like insect, small enough to fly through window screens). There is no chemical control. Sweep them up. Reduce lighting at night around doors and windows and use rat and mouse glue boards in window sills to reduce populations.
  • Watch for Itch Mites while working in the lawn or landscape. Can occur anytime spring through fall. Commonly mistaken for multiple chigger bites. If necessary spray lawn and shrubs with liquid Eight.