Fall is on its way, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect your garden or your lawn. Whether you are looking to put your house on the market or simply want to take care of your yard, September is the month to get to work.

Take a look through our list of 11 September Gardening Tips to help you decide what goes on your gardening to-do list.

Planting Spring Bulbs

  1. If you are not putting your home on the market this month, but plan to next spring, it is time to start preparing. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, September is the right time to plant your spring bulbs.
  1. Need a few suggestions on what spring bulbs to plant? Plant any of the following for beautiful results,
    • Trout Lilies,
    • Tulips,
    • Narcissus including daffodils,
    • Starflowers

Lawn Care

  1. If you are looking to start your lawn from seed or repair your lawn, this month is the perfect time to do both.
  1. If you were ever going to fertilize your lawn, this is the month to do it. Fall is the best time to fertilize because your lawn will be more prepared to handle the winter.
  1. September is the time to cut back on watering your lawn. This will help trigger your lawn to go into dormancy during the winter. When your lawn goes into dormancy that means it won’t produce any new growth. Instead, it will be growing deeper roots, resulting in a greener lawn.

Planting Trees and Shrubs

  1. Fall is the perfect time to plant trees because trees also go into dormancy over the winter giving their roots plenty of time to become established before spring.
  1. For the same reasons it is a good time of the year to plant trees, it’s also a good time to plant shrubs.

In the Garden

  1. According to Better Homes and Gardens, you might see some of your mature plants flopping over this time of year. If that’s the case, stake them or add support. 
  1. Don’t forget to deadhead. Deadheading is a term for cutting or pinching off the heads of bloomed flowers. By doing this, your plants will bloom longer and you will have a better looking garden.
  1. Keep weeding. Weeding right now will prepare the soil for next spring and it will cut down on the amount of work you need to do when spring does arrive.
  1. Move your herb garden indoors. Grow your fresh, organic herbs like tarragon, oregano, and basil indoors this winter.


A majority of what you should have on your gardening “to do” list this month involves helping your landscape prepare for winter and spring. If you are considering putting your house on the market in the near future, please give our office a call. We have years of experience with selling homes in Northville and Novi, Michigan. We would be honored to help.