Magazine article Sunset

September: What to Do in Northern California

Magazine article Sunset

September: What to Do in Northern California

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New grass

Plant 'Blonde Ambition' blue grama (Bouteloua gracilis), which reaches 3 feet, has swarms of chartreuse flowers that age to blond, and holds on through winter. It's tolerant of cold and drought. Find it at High Country Gardens (highcountry gardens.com).

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Prep a wild-flower bed: Water, pull any weeds that emerge in the days after, then sow seeds.

RENOVATE LAWN

SUNSET CLIMATE ZONES 7-9, 14-17:

Late in the month, dethatch and aerate to keep sod healthy. Follow with a fertilizer.

SPRING BULBS Shop soon for the best selection of daffodils and tulips. In cold-winter zones, plant by midmonth. In coastal climates, plant anytime until October.

EDIBLES BOOK

If you want to grow fruit and veggies in the front yard but are worried about what your neighbors might think, check out The Edible front Yard (Timber Press, 2011; $20) by Ivette Soler. She shows how to do it so beautifully that no one will object.

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Containers

Fill them with annuals that thrive in cool weather, such as agrostemma, calendula, cretin the, forget-me-nots (above), pansies, Iceland and Shirley poppies, primroses, snapdragons, and violas. …

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