September 2014 Horticulture Tips

Tim Baker, MU Extension Horticulture Specialist
102 N. Main, Suite 1, Gallatin, MO 64640
660-663-3232, bakert@missouri.edu

Horticulture Tip for the week of August 31 to September 6, 2014
Title: “Potted Plants in Hot Weather”

Here’s a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension:

If you have potted plants outdoors, be sure to keep them well watered in hot weather, especially if they are in the full sun.  You may need to water them daily, depending on the type of soil in the pot.  But don’t overwater.  The soil should not be soggy or have standing water on top of it.  Be sure the pot is well-drained.  Clay pots allow evaporation from the sides, so be sure to check them more often.

This has been Tim Baker, with a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension.

 

Horticulture Tip for the week of September 7-13, 2014
Title: “Fall Fertilization”

Here’s a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension:

Be careful about fertilizing trees and shrubs in the fall.  Generally it’s not a good idea except under emergency conditions.  If you feel you must fertilize your trees or shrubs, try to wait until the leaves have fallen before doing so.  Fertilizer added while the leaves are still active promotes succulent growth which has great potential for winter damage, and thus should be avoided.

This has been Tim Baker, with a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension.

 

Horticulture Tip for the week of September 14-20, 2014
Title: “Spring Garden Beds”

Here’s a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension:

Now is a good time to think about preparing new garden beds for next spring.  As you till the soil, add plenty of organic matter such as leaves, and leave the surface a little rough so water will penetrate.  You should also get a soil test to see if you need to add lime.  Then plant a hardy cover crop, which will grow this fall and early next spring.  When you are finally ready to plant next year, till the cover crop in and you’re ready to go!

This has been Tim Baker, with a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension.

 

Horticulture Tip for the week of September 21-27, 2014
Title: “Cool Season Grasses”

Here’s a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension:

The best time of the year for planting cool season grasses such as fescue is in the fall.  This allows time for the grass to become established before winter sets in, and then additional time to continue growing next spring before the heat of summer arrives.  If you need a good grass for shady areas, you might consider creeping red fescue.  Plant it in later September and you’ll be rewarded with a good lawn under your trees next year.

This has been Tim Baker, with a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension.

 

Horticulture Tip for the week of September 28 to October 4, 2014
Title: “Fall Vegetable Watering”

Here’s a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension:

Fall can be a good time for growing vegetables, but don’t forget the water.  Although you plants may not need as much water as they did in the heat of summer, they will still need adequate water to mature properly.  Since fall in our area is sometimes dry, you will need to remember to check your garden often and water when needed.

This has been Tim Baker, with a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension.