September Gardening Tips for the Southwest

September Gardening Tips for the Southwest

Fall is almost here and that means it is time to put together our September yard to-do list. In this article you’ll find to-do inspirations for all over your yard. From landscaping tips, fruit and vegetable tips to perennial, annuals and general gardening tips, you will be able to keep your garden and yard in pristine condition.

September Gardening Tips

Landscaping Tips:

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  • The Old Farmer’s Almanac recommends fertilizing your lawn this month because your lawn will be “better equipped to survive the winter”.
  • Plant trees and shrubs during the fall.
  • To help ensure your trees and shrubs make it through the winter, install a direct-to-root watering system. Rootwell Products Inc. provides the Pro-318 that for trees and Root Sticks for shrubs and plants.

Fruit and Vegetable Tips:

  • Plant your cool-season vegetables this month.
  • Cool-season vegetables include lettuces and greens, garlic, Swiss chard, potatoes, radishes, peas, carrots and cauliflower. For a full list on cool-seasons vegetables to grow and how to do it visit our article, 5 Vegetables to Plant in Your Garden This Fall.

Perennial/Annual Tips:

  • Keep an eye on your local garden nursery. By knowing as soon as bulbs are available to purchase, you’ll have the best selection.
  • Better Homes and Gardens provides a great tip for this time of year. To help with “faking” winter, keep the bulbs in the refrigerator for 6-8 weeks.
  • If you have any overcrowded perennials, make sure to go ahead a divide and replant them. In our article, How to Divide Perennials the Easy Way, we break down how to easily do this.
  • Plant any of these flowers this month: sweet alyssum pansies, calendula, foxgloves, candytuft, and snapdragons.
  • Plant wildflowers this month. For tips on how to grow wildflowers visit our article, How to Grow Wildflowers that Supercharge Your Garden.

General Gardening Tips:

  • Start reducing how much you water to help prepare your yard for winter.
  • To help encourage your roses to bloom this fall, add fertilizer. Check out our article, How to Organically Fertilize Your Rose Garden, for practical tips.
  • It’s about that time to start your fall clean-up. If you are not sure where to start, we break it down into 6 Things to Do for Your Fall Garden Clean Up. /fall-garden-clean-up/


September is a perfect month to start preparing your garden for the winter months. With these gardening tips tailored specifically for the Southwest Region of the United States, you will be well on your way to help your garden weather the cool winter.

What is on your gardening to do list this month?

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