As the gardening season approaches its end, consider some tasks that could provide a jump start on next year’s garden and flower beds. For example, September is time to divide peonies and iris. Trees and shrubs can be planted or transplanted when their leaves turn color. Once that occurs, the sooner they are planted the better, so they have time to become established before winter.
Spring-flowering bulbs need to be planted in the fall. Crocus and daffodils are usually planted in early autumn, then hyacinths. Tulips can wait until last to be deposited in the ground—in November if necessary.
The first two weeks of September are suitable for over seeding bare spots in the lawn. Continue the summer watering schedule unless rain materializes. The lawn mower should be left at the second notch from the top until the weather cools considerably. Lawn grasses also appreciate receiving some fertilizer in September.

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