To keep plants cooler, put the darker pots into lighter-colored ones as the season heats up.
If you are working on your container pots, place them at table height rather than stooping and bending to work with them. If you have large pots, use Styrofoam peanuts or rinsed out crushed soft drink cans as fillers to make them lighter and easy to handle. Because container plants dry out easily, remember to water them on a regular basis.
Prepare -Plan beds for bulbs. Order Tulips, Hyacinths, Dutch Iris, Daffodils, Narcissus, and Amaryllis. -Prepare beds for October planting by adding compost or leaf mold.
Plant -Daylilies in a sunny location, they will be well established before winter. -Divide and transplant Louisiana Iris, Easter Lily, Canna, Liriope, Ajuga, and Shasta Daisy. -Plant cool season vegetables: Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Spinach, Potatoes, Lettuce, Carrots, Beets, Radishes, and English Peas. -Plant warm season grasses: Buffalo, Bermuda, and St. Augustine. -Mums should be planted for September bloom and fall color. -Marigolds, Asters, Zinnias, and Celosia can be planted to replace faded annuals. -Plant seeds of Calendula, Columbine, English Daisy, Forget-me-not, Pansy, Sweet William, and Violet. Fertilize -If acid loving plants including Azaleas, Camelias, and Gardinia show signs of chlorosis (yellowing of leaves), a treatment of Iron Chelate should cause leaves to regain their green color. -Feed mums with a complete fertilizer every two weeks and water thoroughly until buds show color.
Prune -Cut back annuals such as Impatiens and Vinca to encourage fall blooms. -Disbud Camellias, Dahlias, and Chrysanthemums to produce specimen blooms. -Continue to remove dead heads in the garden to stimulate blooming. -Cut back rose canes to 24-30 inches from ground for autumn blooms. -Remove dead and damaged wood from trees and shrubs. Water -Water garden deeply, but infrequently throughout the month. -Water early in the morning or in late afternoon. Water on leaves during the hot of the day can cause the sun to burn leaves. -Potted plants and hanging baskets need to be watered daily. -Make sure Azaleas and Camelias stay well watered, because they are forming flower buds for next year.