Well this is the last weekend of August coming up-what should we be doing/expecting in and around the garden?
Preparing and beginning to plant winter vegetables-the list gets much longer in September but remember the things we eat the stems,roots,and leaves of are generally “winter” type vegetables. Don’t plant until your soil is prepped and ready. Summer has been tough on the soil, be sure you’ve added organic material that’s well composted, gypsum at the rate of 10#per 100 square feet, and some good organic type fertilizer at the recommended rate. Till in good water well and you then should be ready to plant. Here is a link to our recommended planting dates Phoenix Area Planting Dates
Fertilize Citrus and other subtropicals. This will help recovery from a stressful summer and yet be early enough that we don’t push too much new growth going into winter
Fertilize lawns if you’re not going to overseed for winter. A feeding now will help the lawn stay healthier over the winter months, if you’re planting a winter lawn in October you should wait and use a new lawn starter fertilizer at that time.
Mulch weary looking roses, vines, fruit trees, and garden plants. Organic mulches can help cool off the root systems and allow plants to recover more quickly.
Be on the look out for caterpillars on tecomas, bougainvilleas, grape vines, newly planted veggies….Fall can be a very active time for them.
Agave snout weevil-This may be one of the most active years we can remember for these destructive critters. Unfortunately you don’t get much if any warning. Treat healthy agaves with Imidacloprid in early summer and fall. If your agaves start to look shriveled, wilty or just a little different you can usually tell if they’re affected by just pushing on them and see how loose in the ground they are. Many times a slight push will just knock them over and you’ll see the grub or the adult beetle in what is left of the base or root system of the plant.
Other tasks-apply zinc to pecans, apply preemergent to non seed planting areas, check trees for stakes or ties that may be rubbing, broken or damaged (see if trees even need staked) check trees in lawn areas for damage from weed eaters-put a protective collar on all young trees that are in lawn areas, Watch the temperatures for the chance to cut back on watering.