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Garden Tip #1

Divide, transplant and label perennials. As these plants die back in the fall, it is a great time to divide older plants. Complete divisions by mid October to allow the roots time to establish themselves before winter. Be sure to keep newly divided plants watered.

Garden Tip #2

Collect seeds from perennials and annuals, leaving at least a few seedheads for the birds!  Then compost spent annuals along with fallen leaves.

Garden Tip #3

If you have thin or bare areas in your lawn, seed and mulch them to reduce erosion and weeds. Also, get your bermudagrass or Zoysia lawns ready for winter by increasing the cutting height this month. This helps buffer these grasses from cold damage.  


Garden Tip #4

Start bringing house plants back indoors and inspect for insects. As the temperature begins to drop, watch your plants closely in the evening.

 Feature Native Plant

Butterfly Weed

Asclepias tuberosa

Full to part sun, medium to dry moisture level, prefers a fertile well-drained sandy loam, moderately acid to neutral pH.  1-2 ft. height, blooms in summer, orange flowers,
slow re-seeder.
Germination Code:  C(30)
Native Region:  Statewide
One of showiest native wildflowers.  Colorful, hardy, long-lived and carefree. Slow to emerge in spring.  Has a deep tap root and resents disturbance.  Blooms for 8 to 10 weeks on more.  Some seed companies offer an uncommon strain called a “clay buster” which is native to clay soils.  Attracts butterflies and bees, particularly a Monarch butterfly magnet.

Visit TNSY's Native Plant Website to learn more about Tennessee's native flora!

Upcoming Events!


Walking In Memphis
The Future of the Urban Forest

October 1-2; Tree Climb on October 3rd
Located at the Memphis Botanical Garden

The complexity of urban forest resource issues is increasing - come to this conference and be part of designing our future. We may not have all the answers, but the more creative minds the better.

Learn about the critical urban forest resource issues.

Discover innovative solutions and technologies being used in Tennessee and across the country.

Develop strategies to expand our ability to build a green future.

Strengthen our regional and statewide network of urban forestry professionals.

Learn more and register by visiting


See Ya' in the Fall!

Thanks so much for reading!
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Keep In Touch!

Ruth Anne Hanahan and Dr. Andrea Ludwig
TNSY Statewide Co-Directors

Tennessee Water Resources Research Center
University of Tennessee
311 Conference Center
Knoxville, TN 37996

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The Xerces Society -
The Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center -
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