End Of Summer Plant Tips

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You see the listed titles about plants of our region on the upper right of your screen in blue. Let’s say you want to know more about “Container Plants” or “Plants That Grow Here.” These topics are on the lower right in blue. You will find several from which to choose. Have a good time enjoying what gardeners say about plants.

Today’s Plant Exchange features tips from Joe Hoffman.  Thanks to Yankton Press & Dakotan newspaper for publishing his tips. Horticulturist Joe Hoffman is nationally recognized for his inmate horticulture program at Yankton Federal Prison Camp. Locally he is recognized for his crew’s care of trees and flowers the public can see in drive by of the federal prison. His student inmates create, plant and maintain the Observatory Hill Display Garden along Douglas Avenue. Thanks to his cooperation with local organizations and agencies, several civic projects help beautify Yankton. Thanks to Hoffman for sharing plant tips.

  • Now is the best time to repair your lawn from the ravages of summer. Plan your turf renovation for the very end of August or the first week of September.  Mow the turf short, power rake and overseed with the new bluegrass varieties to make a great lawn next year. Then September will be a great time to put fertilizer on turf areas. Plan to spray your lawn areas about the second week of September to control dandelion and other broad leaf weeds next year,
  • Maybe there is still time to plant radish, turnips some cabbages and spinach for fall crops.
  • Empty areas of the vegetable garden can be sown to a cover crop of annual rye to help improve organic matter content for a very small investment.
  • Annual flowers like geranium, petunia, dianthus, salvia and verbena will respond well to cooler days and nights coming soon. Prune them back and give a little fertilizer and they will reward you with color till freeze up! Re-edging your flowerbeds this fall can save valuable spring planting time.
  • Consider not pruning trees and shrubs at this time because it may encourage late growth that will not live through the winter. You can always prune out dead wood but save cutting out green or living wood until late fall or winter!

Thanks for your visit! See you next week!

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