Garden Chores for September

Sedum Matrona

Sedum ‘Matrona’ is a fall bloomer that brings color to the September garden.

As August ends and fall activities gear up, it’s easy to let the garden go a bit — to weed less, forget to pick those extra large zucchini, even neglect watering. But September is a great month to enjoy the beauty you have created and get ready for next year.

Here are some chores to do to avoid the September slump:

Get rid of the dead stuff. Give your flowerbeds a good once over. Are there any plants that should be cut down now to give the garden a neater appearance? Leave standing those plants with architectural seedheads or pods that provide fall and winter interest.  While they may look a little scraggly now, you will love them when they are covered with snow.

Keep on weeding. Eric JohnsonNorthern Gardener’s Sustainable Gardener columnist, noted in the September/October issue that one weed picked now is worth 10 in the spring. The weather is often pleasant in September, so take a few moments each day to wander the garden, pulling weeds.


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It is the mission of MSHS to serve Northern gardeners through education, encouragement, and community. Through a variety of educational programs, classes and conferences, and by publishing an award-winning magazine, Northern Gardener, MSHS helps its members and the general public to be better gardeners in USDA plant hardy Zones 3, 4 and 5. MSHS’ plant donation network, Minnesota Green, started in 1988, serves the greening efforts of volunteer gardeners throughout the state. Minnesota Green promotes grassroots efforts to revitalize communities by coordinating the donation and distribution of nurseries and greenhouse’s flowers and trees to be planted in public spaces statewide. MSHS was formed in 1866, as an association of fruit growers who took on the challenge of growing apples and other fruits in a northern climate. Two years later, the association became the Minnesota State Horticultural Society to recognize the importance of all phases of horticulture development in rural and urban Minnesota. In 1873, the Minnesota Legislature approved an act providing for the publication and distribution of 2000 copies of all the transactions of the society. 1894 marked the birth of one of the longest continually published horticultural magazines in the country: Northern Gardener, formerly known as Minnesota Horticulturist.