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Fall gardening tips

September's cooler weather and moist soils offer ideal conditions for fall planting.

Late summer into early autumn is the best time to divide perennials that bloom in spring and summer.

Plant trees and shrubs, allowing enough time for roots to develop before ground freezes.

Prepare for first frost. Dig tender perennials such as cannas, begonias, gladiolus. Discard tops and store bulbs, corms, and rhizomes in dry peat moss or vermiculite.

Bring house plants back indoors before night temperatures drop below 55F.

Deadhead perennials, and discard dead and diseased foliage to reduce infection next year.

Begin planting spring flowering bulbs in mid-to-late September.

Fertilize Trees and Shrubs after mid-September.

Apply broadleaf weed killers to lawn.

Restock bird feeders and put out fresh water to help birds migrating south. 

Visit or call the Plant Clinic at 630-719-2424