September 2015 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 30 to September 5, 2015
Title: “Chrysanthemums”

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

Some mums are hardy, and you may want to transplant them to your garden. If so, add plenty of organic matter to your garden and avoid heavy soils. If you want to overwinter them, be sure they are well mulched.  If it has been a dry fall, be sure to keep them well-watered.  Mum varieties will vary in their ability to withstand freezing temperatures.  If in doubt, you might want to over winter them in a cold frame.

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

 

Horticulture Tip for the week of September 6-12, 2015
Title: “Frost on the pumpkins”

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

If you are growing a pumpkin or winter squash, harvesting it at the right time is critical.  The fruit needs to develop a hard skin in order to keep well.  But waiting too late can be harmful as well.  A common misconception is to wait to harvest until you see “frost on the pumpkins”.  For storage purposes, it’s far better to pick them before that first frost, and store them under the right conditions.

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Horticulture Tip for the week of September 13-19, 2015
Title: “Saving tree seeds”

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

If you would like to save seeds from your favorite tree, be aware that cultivated varieties may not bear true from seed.  The tree that grows from the seed you save may or may not look anything like its parent.  But many trees will do just fine when grown from seed.  The best way to "store" the seeds is to immediately plant them where you want them to grow. But remember, you may need to protect them from foraging animals.

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Horticulture Tip for the week of September 20-26, 2015
Title: “Fall lawn care”

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

Fall is the most important time to fertilize your lawn. For the best results, have a soil test performed by your local University of Missouri Extension Center. If you don’t want to test your soil this year, use well-balanced lawn fertilizer to apply 1 to 1.5 pounds of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet.  Late September is the best time to use broadleaf herbicides, especially for perennial broadleaf weeds.

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Horticulture Tip for the week of September 27 to October 3, 2015
Title: “Pruning plants”

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

Many people want to get out the pruners when fall arrives.  But for most plants, fall is not the time to prune.  Woody species such as trees are best pruned in late winter. Some flowering species should not be pruned until after they bloom in the spring.  If you have any doubt, call your local University of Missouri Extension center and we will help you with your pruning decisions.

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