September To Do List
Plant: ornamental & wildlife
- Late month: Perennials, shrubs, ornamental (clumping) grasses
- Late month: Cover crops for dormant vegetable beds: clover, hairy vetch, elbon (cereal) rye, Austrian winter peas, or annual rye
- Perennial herbs like thyme, rosemary, oregano
Plant: food crops
- Start winter seeds like lettuce, broccoli, kale and spinach in pots in shady areas
- Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Vegetable Planting Guides (Central Texas) http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/travis/home-landscape/edible-gardens/growing-vegetables/
- Early month: lightly prune roses and perennials
- Oak trees safe to prune
- Iris, daylily, fern, liriope, spring-blooming perennials, violets, cannas
- Add compost to vegetable gardens along with organic fertilizer in prep for winter vegetables
- Decide wildflower seeds and bulbs to plant in November
- Brown patch: Apply a quarter inch of compost. Apply corn meal. Find out what’s causing the problem like low drainage spots or compacted areas.
- Apply corn gluten as a weed pre-emergent. Results are erratic but it does add some nitrogen to the soil
- Mow high to fend off weed seeds that germinate in September’s rains. Taller grass shades them out.
- If fall webworms are a problem, puncture webs with broom handle for wasps to naturally control. Or spray with Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt).