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Revising and Rejuvenate the Garden
Although fall will not officially arrive for several weeks, back-to-school activities, Labor Day weekend, and cooler weather often signal an end to the summer season.
Considering this year’s rather dismal summer weather, gardeners may gratefully bid adieu to summertime and welcome the mild days and cool evenings typical during the month of September, which is often the best month of the year to undertake a wide range of gardening and landscape projects.
September is generally considered the preferred time of year to renovate lawns and gardens, transplant perennials and prepare new gardens. Soils are warm and workable, enabling plants to become readily established. In addition, Mother Nature usually provides reliable rainfall at this time of year to moisten newly seeded lawns and hydrate new plantings.
My yard is a jungle this season. The obvious neglect of my borders due to the time constraints necessitated by work and weather has taken a toll on my landscape. Misplaced wildflowers are flourishing in my borders, and heavy downpours have sent overgrown plants sprawling in all directions.
Overwhelmed by the clutter, a quick survey with notebook and camera in hand are a necessity at this time of year, with hopes that a prioritized list will help me to focus and prevent a random, haphazard approach to my fall projects. This list will surely expand exponentially in the coming weeks, and since I am easily distracted, completion of even a few minor projects will be considered a major accomplishment.
Even a well-planned garden requires occasional revisions as plants mature and our tastes change. Not all our treasured acquisitions meet our expectations, and others may wander far beyond their original allotted territory.
Every successful garden needs a facelift once in a while to give it new vitality and to eliminate some of the clutter that accumulates over the years. While many low-maintenance perennials including daylilies, hostas and Siberian iris will thrive for years undisturbed, periodic division and replenishment of depleted soils in the fall produces spectacular results in subsequent seasons. After many years, a total renovation may be a necessity, especially if aggressive weeds or grasses, perennials or groundcovers infiltrate and begin to crowd out and suffocate even the hardiest plants.
Newer perennial borders may require only a few modifications. Minimal transplanting and the introduction of several compact woody plants, such as dwarf conifers that will provide structure and winter interest, may be all that is needed to resolve color clashes, strengthen a particular pattern or modify height and space arrangements. Other borders may call for a little widening or lengthening to accommodate those new perennials you found on sale at our local nurseries this fall.
While I prefer to prepare, design and plant new gardens, I can barely maintain my current profusion of beds and borders. I realize the time has come to rejuvenate and redesign several neglected gardens.
These very tired, overgrown gardens may require more drastic measures to bring them back to their original beauty. Depleted soils, or those that may have become compacted over the years, will need replenishing with compost and manure, peat moss, lime and superphosphate. In order to properly incorporate these additives, nearly every existing perennial plant may have to be uprooted.
Many of these plants should be divided to eliminate non-productive woody crowns or rejuvenate overgrown plants. As a rule of thumb, early spring-bloomers are best divided and transplanted in fall, and fall-bloomers in spring. Plants that flower in between can usually be split in either season. It may be wise to research some of these valued plants: Some resent transplanting and should be left in place, and others can be temporarily lifted and replanted when the improvements are complete.
Once the plants are removed, layers of organic material can be spread and turned into the soil with a digging fork and plants reintroduced before they barely realize they have been out of the earth.
Large borders or challenging sites will have to be done in stages. I have spent many, many hours lifting every plant from a 25-year garden at the base of a swamp maple. Overrun by weeds, wildflowers and aggressive perennials including goldenrod, asters, mugwort and gooseneck loosestrife, the fibrous roots of the maple make this renovation a daunting undertaking.
While I rarely resort to using chemicals, a little Roundup painted on the foliage may prove the only solution for these thugs when they resprout, as it will be impossible to completely eliminate the extensive root systems of these running plants from the dense web of maple roots.
Several inches of new loam mixed with compost and peat will be spread over the roots of the maple, with care taken to keep the new soil at least a foot away from the trunk of the tree to ensure its survival. Existing perennials in addition to a few new treasures will be planted in the replenished soil. An inch or two of mulch applied over the refurbished soil will reduce weeds, retain moisture and offer valuable winter protection for fall transplants.
Garden renovations can be hard work, but every effort should be made to complete these improvements in the next few weeks to enable perennials to become re-established before freeze-thaw cycles ensue in mid- to late October. Your labors will be rewarded with a healthy, rejuvenated landscape full of glorious flowers next season.
Suzanne Mahler is an avid gardener, photographer and lecturer who has been developing the 1.5-acre property surrounding her home in Hanover, Mass., for more than 30 years. She is a member of two local garden clubs, past President of the New England Daylily Society, an overseer for the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and is employed at two garden centers.author: Suzanne Mahler
Weed Control in Lawn
Weed Control in Your LawnAuthor: Andrew Bicknell
Nearly everyone who has a lawn has the problem of weeds interfering with their vision of a lush green lawn. Weeds are not something anyone who desires a beautiful lawn wants to deal with. They are an uninvited guest that shows up unexpectedly and will only leave once brute force is applied.
Weed control can be very frustrating for many people because of the amount of time and work it takes with seemingly little results. Weed control is very important for the health and well being of your lawn, if your patient and don’t get discouraged before long your weed killing efforts will be rewarded with a visible change in the appearance of your yard. If a thick plush lawn is always something you have dreamed about having then dream no more, once you have your weeds under control your lawn will spring to life. Weeds naturally compete with your grass for the three things it needs to live, water, soil nutrients and sunlight. Without these your grass will not grow like it should.
With proper weed control you can get rid of all the weeds giving your lawn the chance to grow and thrive like never before. As long as the weeds have a foothold your lawn will not look real good. Done properly weed control can eradicate nearly all the weeds in your yard for good.
There are two ways in which weeds reproduce and grow. Some grow through the year, produce seeds and then die. There are other weeds that grow year after year as well. They also produce seeds furthering the amount of weeds that will sprout in your yard. With the right kind of weed control both these types of weeds can be destroyed and any seeds they drop are rendered sterile, or unable to grow.
This does not mean that viable weed seeds cannot infest your lawn from outside sources such as wind blown in or bird droppings but if your lawn is weed free and grows thick and lush any wind blown seeds will have a very hard time sprouting, much less growing. Having a yard that has ‘curb appeal’ is a lawn that has good weed control measure in place. It adds to the look and value of your home and chances are your neighbors will be envious and will want to know how you got rid of the weeds and made you yard look so good.
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