Tuesday, September 1, 2009

9/2 Outdoor Wednesday # 34

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Early fall garden jobs: In the yard

Watering: One important job in the early fall garden is to continue to water your plants, especially your evergreens and trees and shrubs if it isn't raining enough. Going into the winter well hydrated will help keep your plants thriving.

Lawn care: Aerate your lawn and reseed any dead or thin spots. This is the best time of the year to lay sod, overseed or start a lawn from seed because temperatures are cooler and rain tends to be more plentiful than in the hot summer months.

Create a new bed: Do soil preparation for any new beds you want to have ready for spring planting.

Landscape projects: This is a good time to plan or do landscaping projects, such as walls, walkways, patios, and decks.

Early fall garden to-do list:
In the flower garden

Container plantings: Once they're past their prime, empty containers of annuals and store frost-sensitive containers in the basement or the garage.

Perennials: Don't be in a great rush to cut back all your perennials early. Seed heads and foliage that's coloring up can be beautiful, and the seeds are food for migrating birds. Just cut back plants that are diseased, those looking past their prime, or those that may become "weeds" if allowed to self-seed freely.

Late season gaps: If you have too little color in the garden now, visit your local garden center for some ideas on late-season flowers to add, and take advantage of end of season sales.

Plant or transplant perennials: Divide overgrown perennials—this is the ideal time to divide and move peonies and Siberian and bearded irises.

Deal with spent annuals: Pull or dig out summer annuals that are past their prime, and plant mums and colorful kale for fall interest. Find out how to over-winter geraniums.

Dig up summer bulbs if you want to keep them. After the first frost, dig up dahlias, cannas, gladioli, and similar non-hardy bulbs for winter storage; see how-to tips.

Garden planning: Make notes about garden changes or plants that you might want to move in the spring.

Early fall garden

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67 comments:

  1. Great tips, I'm ready for fall. We have had an un-seasonably cool couple of days that have been very nice!

    Christi

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  2. Hi Susan! What great photos of the garden and great tips for the end of summer! Hope all is going well with you and yours. Thanks for hosting Outdoor Wednesday!!

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  3. Love your list for fall...this is a good one. I have never separated my peonies before...that is a good idea. Thanks!

    Kristine

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  4. Susan, thank for the reminder on all these helpful hints. Sometimes we get so busy we forget so many of them. This was a "great" post.. thanks for hosting another Outdoor Wednesday.. Miss ya girl.. hugs ~lynne~

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  5. Hey Susan .. thanks for the tips! Everything here was so dry.. but rain over the last few days has perked things back up again. Have a great week!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  6. Beautiful pictures in this post. I am excited to make a couple of changes in my perennial beds.

    Thanks for this informational post.

    Becky K.

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  7. Susan, thanks for the great garden tips and the reminders about the things it's so easy to forget. Your photos are great. I hate to see them starting to go down.

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  8. Susan,
    It's Becky K. I am embarrassed but something happened with my link and the first one goes to the wrong post. If you can fix it you might want to. I wouldn't know what to do.
    The second one goes to the right post.

    Thanks.

    I am sorry.

    Becky K.
    Hospitality Lane

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  9. Great reminders for all of us gardeners! I'm just trying to keep up with the weeds here!

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  10. I just started on my autumn garden to do list this week!

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  11. Susan, Hi! thanks for the tips!

    cute pictures!

    thanks for all!

    xoxo

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  12. Thanks for all the good gardening tips, Susan!...Christine

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  13. Great tips Susan~
    Thanks for being our hostess, Cindy

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  14. Wow I wish my lawn could get that green, but we had drought and water restrictions for a long time. Happy Wednesday!

    Tink *~*~*
    Of sand, surf and skateboards on Sanibel Island

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  15. Hi Susan ~ these are such perfect and timely tips. I love the shot of the colorful summer annuals and the beautiful yellow yarrow.

    Thank you for hosting us ~ you're a gem! xo

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  16. I am looking forward to fall and hoping that we have a long and beautiful one! Thank you for the tips and the great pictures, as always! Happy Outdoor Wednesday. . .

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  17. Hey Susan, Great garden tips... Thanks

    (((HUGS)))
    Donna

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  18. That is quite a list!!

    I can see by how beautiful your flowers are, you spend a lot of time caring for them.

    Thanks for hosting each week.

    Blessings,
    Barbara Jean

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  19. Loved this post! Great tips and beautiful pics! Happy September to you!

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  20. Hi Susan, I love all your pictures and what great fall tips!
    Have a fantastic Wednesday!
    ~Ann

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  21. Love all the blooms. So delightful!
    A good day to Susan.
    Thank you! Best regards.

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  22. Fantastic photos and read the fall tips. Great ideas.
    jfm

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  23. Good tips. I must admit, I'm lazy and don't grow dahlias because I don't want to keep lifting them in the fall and replanting them again in the spring. They sure are pretty though.

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  24. Hmmm…ya'lls end of summer tips are definitely different than ours in tropical Florida! lol

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  25. Beautiful pictures of beautiful flowers. And great tips.
    Have a nice day

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  26. Thanks Susan! Hope your week is going well!

    ~Really Rainey~

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  27. Yes we have afew things to do in teh garden right now, thank you for taking us around, MB

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  28. Beautiful photos Susan. Most of the tips won't apply to us this year - there's nothing left alive to trim or move lol. Great tips for getting ready for spring planting though. Hopefully we'll have a nice wet winter and can try again next year. Kathy

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  29. Hi Susan, Thanks for hosting Outdoor Wednesday, your efforts are greatly appreciated.
    Your flower gardens are beautiful, I enjoy the wonderful views.
    Have a nice day,

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  30. Ha! You're doing work for Autumn already...down here in Texas where I live, we're still doing Summer yard work. Will be for many moons still.

    My Outdoor Wednesday is this: WEATHER OR NOT...here I come.

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  31. You are so organized! I am ready for fall in spirit but not in reality like you are. :D Jewel

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  32. Beautiful photos, we are in a drought so it's lovely to see all of those blooms.

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  33. All good tips. Time to get busy.

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  34. Such gorgeous photos! But that all sounds like an awful lot of work. Sort of makes me glad I live in a condo, with only my house plants to worry about!

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  35. Thank you for the advice, the beautiful pictures, and hosting this party.

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  36. Thanks for the tips but I'm not ready for cooler weather!

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  37. Thanks for the wonderful tips. I just love this time of year!

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  38. Thanks for all of the reminders...even though the plants are beginning to "rest", we sure shouldn't!!! Fall is a beautiful time! Loving the cooler temps.

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  39. Sigh ... I noticed I left this morning's comment on LAST week's post. Dunno how that happened. Guess I need COFFEE! Anyway ... I've copied and pasted it here ... just because ;--)

    Excellent garden advice. I'd LOVE to water thoroughly but we're in the midst of a drought and with wildfires burning all over Southern California, water conservation is a must. I try to choose plants that don't need much water these days.
    Hugs and blessings,

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  40. Thanks for all the tips and the beautiful photos. I don't do the gardening I use to but just enough to keep a few cut flowers in a pretty pitcher.
    Carol

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  41. Great tips! I am so ready for fall and the temps have cooled down to the
    70's here so I'm very happy!

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  42. Those are some great tips, thank you so much. I am fairly new at gardening and there is so much to learn. Thank you again for hosting Outdoor Wednesday, I gain great pleasure from joining in each week. Hugs, Cindy S.

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  43. Thank you for the tips. I learned something new. Like cleaning out a bed for next spring. I have one I need clean out. Have a great Wednesday!

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  44. Your outdoors always looks so pretty Susan, it's been too hot here to keep flowers alive, we are now restricted to watering once a week with a hose, no sprinklers at all.
    I haven't had a chance to take outside pics this week :-/

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  45. Hi, Susan
    What a beautiful garden you've got. Thanks for the great tips for the end of summer. I'll surely use them when I got a garden myself.
    Thanks for hosting Outdoor Wednesday.
    Have a great day,
    Val

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  46. Beautiful pictures, Susan. I love this time of the year.
    Have a wonderful Outdoor Wednesday.
    Charlotte

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  47. Hi Susan,
    Great tips... I guess that means summer is coming to an end.. So sad. Have a great Outdoor Wednesday and thanks for hosting. You're the best.
    Maryrose

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  48. Susan, what beautiful flowers and such good advice for fall. It's finally a bit cooler here in TX, so I've been back out in the garden. Much to do!
    Thanks for sharing and thank you for hosting Outdoor Wednesday! Hope to see you at hyacinthforthesoul and also at the QCI site where I'm guest blogger this month. Hope you have time to stop by. ~ Sarah

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  49. Hi Susan,
    Thanks for hosting these Outdoor Wednedays, I enjoy participating, and seeing everyone else's post.
    One question: Are these photos all from your garden? Oh, my husband will be soooo jealous of your lovely, green lawn. We are constantly fighting for control over our lawn and garden with gophers, moles, skunks, deer, and racoons. So we've had to plant everything with all those little creatures in mind, and it's not the garden of my dreams, but the lawn is a whole other story!! Sort of like a brownish-green land mine field!! Oh well, we try.
    Have a good day Susan!
    Heidi-Heart and Home

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  50. I get lost in all the OW Posts! Thanks for hosting, and thanks for the roundup of what to do for Fall garden care. I'm reluctant to give up summer, but time marches on.
    Cass

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  51. Great tips! I have a question what is the flower called in the fifth photo. We have that around our house and no one can tell me what it is.
    Thanks again for always hosting this carnival, I look forward to it each week.
    Happy OW!

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  52. Sure hope all is well in your world, Susan. Hope things have gotten a lot better.
    Thanks for always hosting for us.

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  53. Excellent reminders and tips for the fall garden! Thank you very much...

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  54. Hi Susan, this is my first link up to Outdoor Wednesday!

    Thanks for the great tips and reminders of Fall preparation for our plants.

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  55. What a delightful blog you have! Love your garden! Enjoyed my visit!

    Hugs,
    Maryjane

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  56. Thanks, Susan, for the garden tips and the beautiful photos.

    I apologize for continually hitting Mr Linky before I shift to the new post. One of these days, I will get the hang of this...
    Jane (Artfully Graced)

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  57. Thanks for the gardening tips and the reminder to water. I'm off to the outside world right now to give those plants a drink.

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  58. Hi Susan, thanks for your great photos and tips!!I am late posting and coming over to visit, but I didn't want to skip today...
    Hugs, Baba

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  59. LOVE your garden... FAB project!!!

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    I would love to network with you.

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  61. Beautiful colors and variety. I love the containers!

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  62. Lovely and quite beautiful and some very helpful advice to insure another great season.

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  63. Susan,
    I appreciate so much your gardening tips...I don't have much of a green thumb, but am able to plant color! One thing I learned from the nursery is if it says "annual" find out where it is grown, because if it is an annual in FL, it won't necessarily be so in GA!
    Blessings...

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