OUR FLOWERS & VEGETABLES ARE SOLD OUT FOR THE SEASON.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT — WE HOPE YOU ARE ENJOYING THE FRUITS OF YOUR LABOURS IN YOUR GARDENS, DECKS, PATIOS & YARD — SEE YOU NEXT SPRING!
Our garden centre still has stock of natural & dyed mulches, triple-mix, potting mixes, manure and play & work sand for your garden & yard top-ups throughout the summer months.
HOW TO PRUNE FRUIT TREES & EVERGREEN HEDGES:
LAWN & GARDEN:
THINGS TO DO THIS MONTH — with excerpts from gardening gurus Mark & Ben Cullen’s Newsletter
September is a very active month in the garden. Not only is there much to do (and harvest!) but cooler temperatures and shorter days often give us energy and motivation to be more active out of doors.
This is the best time of year to start a new lawn or thicken an established one. Where thin spots exist, spread Lawn Dresser Mix lawn soil 4 cm thick and rake smooth. Broadcast quality grass seed at the rate of 1 lb. to 400 sq. ft. Rake this smooth, step on it with a flat-soled shoes and water until established. Grass is a ‘cool season’ crop and loves our lower evening temperatures, shorter days and heavy morning dew.
Apply 21-6-12 fertilizer or an Iron-Added fertilizer blend to your established lawn now for good fall root development to withstand our harsh Canadian winters.
Harvest. Your tomatoes are producing to beat the band (if you have tomatoes). Same for peppers and most any fruit-producing vegetable. Share your excess and enjoy the fresh taste that only Ontario tomatoes bring.
Apples. Pick them when ripe. If they fall to the ground, try the new Mark’s Choice nut-gatherer. Share your excess or bake something tasty for family & friends 🙂
Dead head. Perennials and roses that have finished flowering will often produce more flowers come fall when you remove spent flowers vefore they go to seed.
Dig and Divide. September is the perfect month to dig and divide perennials that are big, out of hand or just ready for division. Peonies divide best this month. Hostas, day lilies, monarda (Bee Balm), rudbeckia, Echinacea: virtually all perennials with a dense fibrous roots or fleshy roots (like a hosta). Dig up the entire clump and divide it with a serrated garden knife.
It is ideal for sawing through thick roots. Water divisions well after transplanting
Shop for new plants! As long as you water enough, planting in the heat of the summer is fine and by now, many of the garden centers are starting to discount their perennials and shrubs- you might just find a great deal!
Feed the birds & keep feeders clean. Birds wintering in the south will be on their way back over the next month or so — Clean your feeders again and fill with Wright’s Premium Wild Bird Seed — Birds love it and it is great value! Also available are sunflower seed, safflower seed, peanuts (both in and out of the shell), nyjer seed, suet, corn cobs and lots of feeders for all types of backyard birds.
NEW “HOW-TO” VIDEOS FROM MARK & BEN CULLEN:
Summer Lawn Maintenance – This one is very timely! Check it out!
How to Buy Plants at the Garden Center – Good thing to consider now that garden centers are starting to discount their seasonal plant material.
How to Build a Living Fence – Something you can do with the discounted plant material from the garden centre.
How to Build an Insect Hotel – A year-round project to benefit the diversity of life in your yard.
CONTAINER PLANTING TIPS:
It’s trending to use an assortment of different and unique new annuals, tropical plants (hibiscus, dipladenia, rubber plants, elephant ears, crotons) tubers (caladium), houseplants (kalanchoe, angelwing begonias), perennials (hostas, coral bells, hydrangeas, ferns, ornamental grasses, sedums, coreopsis), succulents, herbs (globe basil, variegated basil, rosemary) and vegetables (think beet tops, ornamental peppers, red millet) in planters to give a more dynamic look.
Have a look at what you’ve already got growing in your own home or your gardens that might make a nice focal point/accent to your planters this year. Take a look around at other nurseries/garden centres for new and different plants that might work for you that we don’t have here at Wright’s Feeds ‘N Needs.
You might even consider creating your own spray-painted sticks/twigs to add as an accent to your planters to match your outdoor living space to add that extra punch of colour and style or add a candle feature in your planter for summer evening ambiance.
When your planters and baskets start to look tired and/or over-grown in late-summer, another popular idea is to yank out early performers or straggly plants from your planters/pots ~ half-way through the season and replace with a new late-summer bloomers or cool-weather performers in the empty space. This will extend the life of your planters and give a new look as the seasons change.
Once the annuals have been bitten by frost, you can stick in coniferous greenery, sumac branches, mountain ash berries, mini pumpkins & squash; plant colourful mums or flowering kale & cabbage; add ornamental grass tufts, birch twigs & branches, pine cones, magnolia leaves, grapevine accents; spray-paint (gold or silver) branches or pine cones, add decorative balls and ribbons (the list is endless, really) to carry your planters from a Thanksgiving theme right through until Christmas.
See how much fun this can be 🙂 ‘The possibilities are only limited to the bounds of your imagination’ and anything goes these days.