- Mid to late September is a great time to plant accent plants, like mums and asters, that will provide autumn colors in the landscape.
- Rake up leaves, twigs, and fruit from crabapple trees and throw them in the garbage to help control apple scab disease.
- Wood ashes contain potassium and calcium and can be used as a limestone substitute in vegetable and flowerbeds if the soil pH needs to be raised and these nutrients are recommended.
- Watch for frost warnings and cover tender plants.
- Wait until after a light frost to harvest peas, cabbage and beets from your fall garden to obtain the best flavor.
- Early fall is a good time to plant trees and shrubs and allows time for the root systems to get established before the ground freezes.
- Continue weeding garden and shrub beds.
- Continue to re-seed bare patches on your lawn and prepare the ground for sowing a new lawn, while the earth is still warm.
- Take cuttings of begonias, geraniums, coleus, etc. to grow as houseplants.
- Stop by Cornucopia Fest at UConn-Storrs on September 29th from 11 to 4 with 1⁄2 cup of soil for a free
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