September Gardening Tasks – What To Do In South Central Gardens

Gardener Holding A Wooden Crate Of Fresh Vegetables
(Image credit: Julia_Sudnitskaya)

For many gardeners in the South Central United States, the arrival of September marks a noticeable change in temperature and in rainfall. By the end of the month, more enjoyable fall weather has arrived. This makes it the ideal time to stay up-to-date with much needed September gardening tasks. 

Gardening To-Do List

From planting to clearing out the growing space, the gardening to-do list for this month can be quite extensive. Learning more about the various tasks that need to be completed in the South Central region can help create and maintain beautiful green spaces. 

September is a time of great change in South Central gardens. Regarding vegetable crops, most to-do lists put great emphasis on the harvest of remaining summer plantings. At this time, plants like melons and pumpkins will continue to ripen. However, the vines should no longer be allowed to produce new fruits. When the plants are finished, they can be removed, and the garden can be cleared of debris. 

South Central growers can also continue to plant and maintain fall vegetable crops at this time. This includes tending to larger brassicas like broccoli and cauliflower, as well as the sowing of shorter season crops. Carrots, radishes, and leafy greens can be directly sown in the garden throughout the month for fall harvests. 

Many September gardening tasks include care for the ornamental garden. Cooler weather allows these gardens to be filled with perennial plants and shrubs. Perennial flowers can also be divided and replanted into new flower beds. 

Gardeners in the South Central region should also begin to consider preparation for spring. September is the ideal time to begin sowing hardy annual flower seeds, as well as various types of flowering bulbs. 

No gardening to-do list would be complete without the inclusion of tasks related to lawn care. September is a good time to apply fertilizer to lawns throughout the South Central region. Other applications, such as weed preventer, can also be applied. Before application, always make certain to read manufacturer’s labels carefully for safe use.

Tonya Barnett

Tonya Barnett has been gardening for 13 years. Flowers are her passion. She has trasformed her backyard into a cut flower garden, which she regularly chronicles on her YouTube channel