It is September and you can definitely feel fall in the air. That only makes sense because fall officially begins on the 22nd, so autumn is knocking at our door. We still have about a month before the average first frost and if this year is typical, we’ll have a few nights of frost and then a long stretch of wonderful Indian summer days. That means that with a little advance planning we can extend our season and get some great end of season produce.

Speaking of which, this month on the D&B Garden Show, I’ll be talking to Gretchen Anderson on the 24th of September about how to extend your garden season. She has some really clever ideas about how to squeeze the very last drop out of our gardens.

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Skipping back to the 10th of September, I’ll be talking to Ashton Ritchie, the lawn and garden expert from the Scotts-Miracle Grow company, about fall lawn care. He will have great information about how to over seed bare spots in your lawn and how we should be preparing our turf for winter. Fall lawn care goes a long way towards a healthy spring lawn so investing a little time this fall has a big pay-off next spring. He also has good garden tips and has lots of answers to garden questions that he gets from all over the country. Funny enough, most of them are similar in nature. Our plants may be different, but the way we take care of them is a mishmash of science and folklore.

On the 17th of September, I will be visiting with Melinda Jean Stafford about how to get your hive ready for winter. It might seem early but the honey bees are already feeling the cool mornings and shorter days. They are getting ready for colder weather and this is the time of year we need to think about how to best help get our hives through the winter. Melinda has the answers to your bee questions so be sure to give us a call on the 17th with your honeybee questions.

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September is a great time to plant trees. The soil is still warm enough for the roots to start to establish without having to support the top of the tree, too. When spring arrives, the tree should be able to start growing without having to establish in hot weather. When planting a tree, find the “root flare”; the area at ground level where the roots begin to flare out from the trunk. That important area should be at ground level and visible when you finish planting. If your tree looks like a telephone pole, it’s too deep. This will cause problems and possibly the death of your tree, down the road.

Three simple rules for planting a tree.

  • Rule 1: Look up, do not plant underneath wires.
  • Rule 2: Don’t plant too deep. Find the root flare.
  • Rule 3: Water well, but don’t drown your tree. Deep and infrequent irrigation.

If you follow these rules, you should have good luck with your new tree. You can find great information about planting trees on the Boise Forestry website (www.parks.cityofboise.org/forestry), or on Youtube, search Treasure Valley Canopy Network and find a planting video by a local arborist called, Planting your shade tree in Idaho’s Treasure Valley.