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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Renovations and Additions


Don’t let the feel of September lull you into thinking there’s no time for renovations and additions in your garden space. As Jim Rohn reminds us, “If you don't like how things are, change it! You're not a tree.”Just like Pop-Tart gardening; a few quick renovation and addition ideas for your September garden list.

Give your perennials, especially the newbies and any recently transplanted ones a quick lift. Add a shot of fertilizer to perk them up before the cooler weather hits. 

Want a healthy lawn? September is the month to renovate. Make time to core-aerate, thatch, and top-seed to make a greener space.

Finalize your bulb order. Forgot to order mid-summer? You can still get an order placed and planted before the ground freezes. Come spring, this addition perks up any colorless garden space. 

Divide your perennials and spread out to new borders and beds; mass your plantings for color and texture adding garden oomph to unused or empty space. 

It’s the perfect time to formulate and detail your ideas; think new garden rooms with softscape and hardscape. Add or renovate a terrace, the kitchen garden, the sitting wall - whatever you felt was missing this year from your current place. 

And don’t miss the second best time to plant your woody trees and shrubs.

With one last reminder that evergreens should be planted by mid-October; deciduous trees and shrubs can be planted into November or before the ground freezes, whichever comes first.

Whether it’s a small touch-up or a large undertaking to your landscape, September is the perfect month to change the things you don’t like. It’s time to add or renovate!

Image by Ann Bilowz

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