Late Summer Planting (Yes, you can plant now!)

Late Season Planting

You don't just get to enjoy the fruits of your labor this time of year!  Now is the time to consider planting trees, shrubs, certain veggies and its the best time to start you new lawn.

Late August through mid-September is the best time to start establishing that new lawn.  The warm temperatures allow for fast germination and weed pressure is very low.  Just be sure to water frequently as the new seedlings start growing.

Now is also a great time to plant woody trees and shrubs.  Again be sure to water frequently and deeply the first couple of weeks and gradually reduce frequency until you are watering only when the ground (and new rootball) are dry.  Water until the ground freezes.  Evergreen trees can be planted as late as mid-September - deciduous trees can be planted as late and mid-November!

This time of year is not too late for certain vegetable crops either.  Beets, radishes, Swiss chard, carrots, lettuce and spinach can all be planted as late as mid-August and radish, spinach and lettuce as late as mid-September.  Just be sure to water carefully this time of year.  Germination can be poor with dry conditions.

A Garden Trip - Red Butte Gardens in Salt Lake City, Utah

Aaron had the pleasure of visiting this amazing spot a week ago!  Red Butte Gardens is a must for your list - be sure to visit their Children's Garden and new Water Conservation Garden!

Children's Garden (do you see the moose?)

The New Water Conservation Garden

What's New at Reiman Gardens

Garden Quilt Show

Friday, September 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Saturday, September 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Sunday, September 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Reiman Gardens and the Iowa Quilters Guild will be hosting the annual Garden Quilt Show. The three-day show will encourage the art of quilting through beautiful displays of garden-themed quilts created by talented Midwesterners as part of a juried show with prizes awarded by central Iowa sponsors. Guests will be inspired by the quilts as well as the living beauty through the Gardens, in the Hughes Conservatory, and within the Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing.

Instruction, demonstrations and lectures for both novice and experienced quilters will be scheduled throughout the three day event.

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