If it is late September, it is time for you to practice your hand at cultivating and growing your lawn. All of the summer’s brown spots need to be dug up and turned over and new seed planted with fertilizer. I recommend Milorganite fertilizer and Pennington seed. If you are doing your full lawn, you will need to hire me to rototill or rent a rototiller. My services come with a guarantee, if you do not get grass, the entire job will be done again for free. So, insofar as possible, you are guaranteed a lawn.

One of my clients is using the opportunity to make a very nice garden in his backyard. Others are just starting to book their leaf clean-up jobs. It is a good time to thnk about October. It is also Hardy Mums time. Market Basket has reasonably priced mums in front of most of their stores. Higher priced but more colorful mums are at any garden centeer. Mahoney’s in Chelmsford and Drew’s Market in Westford have a very nice offering. Plenty of mums and plenty of colors.

In order to make your mums last, you need to plant them. They are annuals that add color to your garden. Place them gently in a hole in the ground that is larger than their root base. It is good to crumble the roots in your hands. Some planters recommend taking a penknife and slicing up the roots. This supposedly makes their roots more absorbent. Crumbling does the same thing. You want to expose part of the root base in order to allow water absorption.

Perennials are inexpensive now. Go to Lowe’s or Home Depot, or your favorite garden center and order yours now. Plant them now and they will bloom next year. It is also time to work over your bulbs. I remember the story told by Brian Martin that my brother-in-law planted five hundred bulbs upside down in Kittredge Park and they had to dig them up and turn them over in order to get that wonderful array of flowers you see at the park every spring and summer. Try to plant with the roots to the ground.

It may be time to bring inside those plants that do not stand up to frost well. We just had our frost warning from the meteorologists and it probably is time to bring in your houseplants. Remember, this is a good time to plant grass, and it will come up in October. Unless we have another October snowstorm, I suppose. But that does not usually happen. Good luck and good gardening. Call me with questions.

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