September 2017 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 September 3-9, 2017
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 10-16, 2017
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.

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

 

Horticulture Tip for the week of September 17-23, 2017
Title: “Mulch in dry weather”

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

Mulching your garden, shrubs, and trees is a good idea.  Mulches help keep the weeds down and save labor.  During dry weather, mulch helps conserve water by reducing evaporation from the soil. Almost any organic material can be used as a mulch. Be sure that it does not pack down, since it may actually repel rain if it’s packed too tightly.

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

 

Horticulture Tip for the week of September 24-30, 2017
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.

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