The gardener’s lament: “Oh, it’s a long, long time from May to December. But the days grow short when you reach September. When the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame, one hasn’t got time for the waiting game. Oh, the days dwindle down to a precious few….”
While the gardening season may be coming to an end, September is the time to purchase new, useful garden tools and equipment. In September, you will likely find many garden tools and chemicals heavily discounted as merchants rush to put up Christmas inventory. Another garden staple, mulch, is often marked down this time of the year, which is a good thing for gardeners like me who like to apply a layer of fresh mulch to flower beds and around trees and shrubs in the fall. Doing so will help your plants survive the difficulties of winter. Mulch helps plants retain moisture and reduces the likelihood of heaving. My Heuchera, for instance, are notorious for heaving due to freeze-thaw cycles in winter, so there going to be first on my priority list for a fresh layer of mulch.