In September, there is a lot to do in the garden — first and foremost, enjoy the fruits, vegetables and flowers of your labor! If you have more harvest than you can use, consider donating to the House of Neighborly Service in Loveland (970-667-4939) or the Larimer County Food Bank in north Fort Collins (970-493-4477).
Stop fertilizing flowers and vegetables and begin to taper off water, although there will be days that are still very warm that will still require irrigation.
By: Shari Thomas
Colorado State University Extension Master Gardener in Larimer County
Begin to cut back anything that has finished blooming or is diseased. Give compost pile a turn and water if necessary. Divide and move spring/summer blooming perennials such as iris, lady’s mantle, brunnera and daylilies. These make great gifts for new homeowners!
If you’ve been thinking about planting a new tree, shrub, or perennial, now is a good time! Make sure you water thoroughly after planting and every 1-3 days, depending on the weather. Roots will need to get established before the ground freezes, usually in November or December.