September

  • Ensure houseplants get fed this month in anticipation of winter dormancy.
  • Fall is a great time to plant and plan your landscaping projects. Think about improving walkways and building flower/vegetable beds, as well as adding focal point shrubs and trees. Need guidance? Contact Sloat’s Garden staff for expert advice.
  • Entertaining this fall and winter? We have plants & pottery to brighten your home, welcome guests, and create a warm and wonderful fall and winter. Company is coming!
  • Choose and plant Pansies, Violas, Mums, Stock, Snapdragons, Iceland Poppies and Cyclamen for great fall color.
  • Plant fall vegetables: kale, collard, spinach, arugula, peas and lettuces.
  • Plant leeks and onions from seed or young plants to avoid early spring bolting.
  • Fertilize azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons with E.B. Stone Organics Ultra Bloom Fertilizer (0-10-10) to stimulate bud formation for winter/spring bloom and develop a hardier root structure. Supplement with Greenall FST to keep acid loving plants green.
  • Aerate compacted soil with a digging fork or aeration tool.
  • Containers, summer annuals and cool season annuals will enjoy monthly feeding, at this time of year, with Maxsea All-Purpose fertilizer.
  • Reduce spider mites, scale and other insect pests by taking houseplants outside and spraying them down with the hose in a partial shade area. Keeping the foliage dust free is key in controlling indoor pests. Use Organocide, Neem, or All Season’s Oil if insects are already a problem.
  • How does your indoor garden grow? Adopt a new family member from our large selection of houseplants.
  • Keep the garden clean. Pick up fallen fruit to avoid pests and disease next year. Clean out plant debris. Prepare soil with Loam Builder and E.B. Stone
  • Naturals Agricultural Lime for fall vegetable beds. Cabbages and kales need a good source of calcium to grow best. You can foliar feed calcium with Monterey Foli-Cal.
  • Mulch with Sloat Mini Bark to inhibit weeds and conserve moisture.
  • Plan your fall/winter maintenance program by identifying any pest or disease issues on deciduous fruit and shade trees and shrubs now so that you are prepared to treat issues this winter.
  • Need help diagnosing a problem? Bring your bugs or diseased samples in a sealed plastic bag into the store for a diagnosis.
  • Remove leaves covering pumpkins to help ripen fruit.
  • Cut back fruited canes of raspberries, leaving new canes for fruiting next year.
  • Plant green manure & cover crops such as fava beans and clovers to fix nitrogen in the soil and improve soil structure.
  • After harvesting summer crops, compost the leftover plants, excluding diseased leaves.
  • Use caulk to seal ant’s entries in your home. Manage aphids and scale on outdoor and indoor plants to discourage ants.