August 29 – September 4
1. Spray roses for mildew, especially if you are near the coast.
2. For spectacular color this fall, winter and early spring plant cyclamen. The white, pink, rose & red blooms do well planted in
containers or flower beds. Plant them in morning sun or filtered light. Wait until the temperatures are cool to plant.
3. Refresh those tired container plantings with English primrose, violas, pansies, Iceland poppies, and cyclamen. If your region
tends to stay on the warm side marigolds, chrysanthemums and annual salvias have lots of color to give through the fall.
4. Plant a tree this month. September and October are the perfect months to pick out trees for fall foliage color. Check with your
local nursery professional for the best varieties for your area.
5. As the weather cools, you can lower the blade on your lawn mower. It was kept high during the summer to help retain
moisture in the grass blades.
September 5 – 11
1. Continue feeding chrysanthemums until their buds show color. Do so every three weeks. Use a 0-10-10 formulation.
2. After planting your bulb beds cover them with blooming annuals. Try some old favorites — forget-me-nots and violets.
3. It’s a good time to clean up the garden, removing any infected branches or twigs. Rake leaves from under fruit trees and old
flower blossoms out from under camellias. This will help prevent diseases next spring.
4. Check your espaliered plants such as pyracantha, star jasmine, cape honeysuckle and citrus and tie back any unruly branches
for better control.
5. Daffodils can be planted from late fall to early spring for you to enjoy their bright yellow blooms come spring. It is best to wait
until the soil is completely cool before planting. Plant on three-week rotation for continual.
September 12 – 18
1. Fall is planting time in California. You can plant just about anything from a new lawn to trees, shrubs, annuals, bulbs and
2. Candytuft resembles alyssum but the plant is larger and so are its flowers. Use it as an edging or border.
3. When planting cabbage in your winter vegetables garden, plant different varieties at intervals to lengthen the season and
4. Shasta daisy plants with their perky white flowers and gold centers can be planted now.
5 Choose from holly, barberry, pyracantha or toyon for berried shrubs that add color to the fall and winter landscape and are
handy for holiday decoration.
September 19 – 25
1. Snapdragons thrive in the cooler weather, so go ahead and plant them now.
2. The chrysanthemum can give the fall garden that cherished spark of color when it’s needed most. When planting, make sure
it’s a sunny location but one where the mums will get some shade during the day.
3. Container plants add to the appeal and attractiveness of any yard. Check with your local nursery for plant material to fill your
containers with blooming color this fall.
4. Spruce up your home this fall with indoor plants. They give a more complete and polished look to any room in the house and
add warmth to your decor.
5. Plant Star of Bethlehem bulbs this fall for a glistening white display of at Easter time next year.