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September Gardening Tips for the South

Your garden may look a little tired, but if you keep up with maintenance, it will swing back into high gear with cooler weather.

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Keep Your Lawn Looking Good
September and October are excellent times to reseed and repair lawns. You'll need to water daily until the seed has sprouted and established. Wait to plant grass seed until October in warmer regions when there are cooler temperatures and rain.
Learn how to removate your lawn.

Even though grass growth has slowed, don't let it get more than three inches tall.

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Tend to the Garden
For best selection, buy bulbs as soon as you see them in stores. Keep them in a cool, dry place until time for planting (or prechilling) in October.
Try planting some of our favorite varieties.

When annuals -- especially petunias -- or perennials get leggy or scraggly, cut them back by one-third or more. It will not only make them look neater, but it also will often encourage a fresh flush of growth and/or bloom. Continue to fertilize containers containing annuals and perennials.

Halt fertilizing of perennials. It will only encourage them to grow throughout the winter when they need to rest for best overall health.

Keep deadheading. For the most flowers and tidiest garden, deadhead daily.

Roses are waking up again and resuming production. Keep them watered, deadheaded, and fertilized.

If you're lucky, you'll have lots of vegetables to harvest this month. However, high temperatures can cause some edibles to stop producing. Be patient, keep watering, and wait for cooler temperatures when production most likely will resume.
Learn more about harvesting vegetables.

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