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Main Line Gardens
376 Paoli Pike, Malvern, PA 19355
Phone: 610-644-2300

Seasonal Tip

September Gardening Tips
September 21, 2009

With September's arrival, we enjoy the remaining weeks of summer and await the onset of autumn. During this time, there are a number of seasonal activities to address, some of which will add to your gardening enjoyment this year, and some of which will lend themselves to next year’s beauty and gardening success.

Container Gardens:
Revive your summer container gardens with fresh, vibrant fall favorites. Dwarf ornamental grasses or dwarf evergreens placed in the center of your container are excellent choices for focal points. Surround them with unique seasonal ornamentals such as peppers, cabbages, and kales to give your porch, patio, or deck a great new look. Mums and pansies add dazzling color whether they are planted alone or incorporated in with other selections. If you have a lot of space to work with, add hues of pink to bronze by incorporating sedum into your containers. Dwarf varieties of golden rod or false sunflowers are great choices for splashes of yellow with a little more height.

Plant cool season vegetables now for a delightful fall harvest. Ideal selections are lettuce, spinach, radish, carrots, beets, green onions, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, and broccoli.
These plants can easily tolerate light frosts, and the cooler temperatures actually tend to help produce root crops with added sweetness.

Spring Bulbs:
Even though spring bulbs are generally planted in early October, now is the time to make your selections. The first weeks following Labor Day offer the best variety. After making your purchase, store your bulbs in either a paper or mesh bag. The bulbs should be stored in a cool, dry location. Two good storage choices include basements or the crisper drawers of your refrigerator.

Soil Quality:
September is a great time to have your soil tested. This will give you a chance to amend your soil and let it settle before next season. Testing kits are available for do-it-yourselfers or you can purchase a soil sample packet for analysis by the Penn State Cooperative Extension.

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Main Line Gardens is a family-owned business that was established in 1981. More than just a full service garden center and nursery for professional landscaping and hardscaping, Main Line Gardens is an architect of beautiful, functional outdoor living spaces that provide a lifetime of enjoyment. The company's first priority and foremost goal is establishing long-term relationships with its customers by offering exceptional service and the highest quality products. This philosophy has defined its success for over 25 years and will continue for decades to follow. Main Line Gardens' experienced and professional staff takes customers all the way from design through installation, involving them every step of the way in the creation of their own outdoor landscaping paradise. Customers can choose from a full selection of plants, trees, shrubs, mulch and stones from the onsite full service nursery.

Please note that Main Line Gardens is not able to honor Waterloo Gardens gift cards/certificates, item exchanges or returns, broken or damaged items, etc. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.