Late October and the weather is about as good as it can get. 80 degree days almost brisk nights and a little rain, could it get any better? That being said-what should you be doing in the garden/landscape now?
- Fall is the best time to plant Trees and Shrubs-Why? The soil is still warm and the air is cool. It is a perfect combination. The warm soil incubates roots and helps them get established while the cool air doesn’t rob the plant of moisture and there is virtually no stress from heat or dehydration. That means the plant will root before the weather gets cold and next spring the plant will explode in new growth rather than trying to get established in the warming dry days!
- If you’ve mowed your winter lawn twice you should fertilize-use a 21-7-14 fertilizer for best results all winter. Fertilizing every 30 days is ideal
- Continue to plant cool season vegetables, flowers, and bedding plants-leafy greens, root crops, onions, garlic Geraniums, pansies, petunias, snaps, foxglove, alyssum, lobelia…..too many to list!
- Remember to keep your vegetable garden well fertilized with organic fertilizer!
- Be on the lookout for caterpillars on leafy veggies, geraniums, grapes, tecomas, bougainvilleas, texas mountian laurels… If you enjoy butterflies, pick off the critters if they’re doing more damage that you’d like, if more control is necessary use B.T. or Spinosad!
- Cut Back On The Water!!! you should be watering 1/2 as much as you were this summer in general! If you don’t know how to operate your irrigation system or it isn’t working properly give us a call we can help!
- Watch for weeds sprouting due to recent rains. Use a pre emergent herbicide to minimize the use of weed killers, and always control weeds either by hand or by spraying when they’re young and haven’t gone to seed.
- If you’re planning on getting rid of bermuda grass effectively – hurry! It will go dormant soon and effective control will be lost until spring!