While the summer is winding down, there are plenty of things to do around the the house to prepare for the cooler weather.
I take a last picking of any herbs I want to dry, like a selection of mints for winter tea. If herbs are in planters, move them inside.
Divide and Fertilize
September is a good time to divide irises and daylilies, fertilize lawns and start cool-season vegetable seedlings.
To divide, dig out the entire clump and then cut it into sections. Replace one section into the original hole and save the remaining sections for other bare areas in the garden.
Check Home Exterior
I inspect the house for cracks and openings that give critters access and plug any I find. I also patrol my attic for stinkbugs that have found a way in.
Fill your planters with cool-tolerant plants such as mums and pansies.
Clean patio and/or deck.