Week in the Garden
■ Plant pansies for fall color and, if you select winter pansies, early spring blooms.
■ Asters and mums are available, buy now for best selection; use either in the garden or as part of a container display.
■ Sow seeds for fall flowers and foliage: pansies, snapdragons, mustard, cabbage and kale.
■ Plant but protect from heat: late-season cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, peas, and broccoli for late summer or early fall harvest.
■ Allow the final flush of flowers to go to seed. Many provide food for the birds and small mammals during the fall and winter.
■ Take cuttings of those annuals that you want to winter over or other favorite plants that have grown too big to move indoors.
■ Order asparagus, rhubarb, bulbs, flower and fruit plants, and shrubs for fall planting.
■ Shop nurseries for end-of-season bargains or new fall arrivals.
■ Seed, overseed, dethatch and aerate lawns September through mid-October.
■ Apply broadleaf weed control, September through mid-October.
■ Install sod as the weather cools, September and October.
■ Treat for chinch bugs and sod webworms.
■ Stop watering amaryllis bulbs. Allow the bulbs to dry out and go dormant. Store in a cool dry area until they resprout in about 8 to 10 weeks.
■ Start planning for fall. Order bulb and plants for early fall shipment.
■ Check seed inventory for late crops and fall planting.
■ Get plants ready to bring in. Repot those that need it and pot up those you want to winter over indoors.