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Your Regional Garden News - Zone 5

September 1 to September 30

 

Discover what you should be doing right now.  Our experts share gardening advice, techniques, news, and ideas to make your garden the best ever.  

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September marks the start of cool season weather and a new flush of growing for zone 5 and 6 and if you have kids, it marks the start of another school year. The combination of cooler temperature, more frequent moisture and less bugs make for almost perfect conditions for fall crops. Here are some of things to do in September:

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Gardening Tip of the Day

  • Do nothing—well, almost nothing. While lawns may resent a smothering of leaves over winter, nearly every other place in the garden loves them. Rake the leaves over a perennial bed and around shrubs and trees.
    Perennials will especially find them comforting as the leaves' insulating qualities lessen chances of frost heaving the soil. Perennial roots may be shallow and heave up during frost and thaw cycles, leaving them vulnerable to drying winter winds.