September

  • 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.
  • Choose from our selection of air-cleaning house plants.
  • 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.
  • To provide a safe and prolific environment for pollinators, we recommend cutting back tropical milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) each September and October. Here’s why: when Tropical milkweed stays evergreen through winter, naturally occurring protozoa parasites build up on the plant. This protozoa occur on all milkweeds but are reduced when native Milkweed plants die back each fall. Tropical milkweed will not die back the same way as native species, which is why we recommend gardeners cut it back.
  • 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.