Fall is Our Best Planting Season!
Trees, shrubs, and perennials get a great bonus when planted in fall. South Texas enjoys relatively warm soil temperatures through fall and winter, and cooler air temperatures direct the new plant to grow roots all through this time. So, a plant put into the ground in fall will grow twice as fast the following spring as one planted in spring due to having developed twice the root system, and it will also suffer much less stress in its first South Texas summer. We are lucky that we can garden year round here, but fall is our best season for planting!
What to Plant
with Gill Fall Lawn & Garden 13-1-3. For an organic approach, use Milorganite or Medina Growin’ Green.
BLOOMING ANNUALS & PERENNIALS
with Hibiscus Food, organically with Medina Growin Green, Hasta Gro or Maestro Rose Glo
with Bayer Rose & Flower Rose Food, organically with Maestro Rose Glo
STRESSED or NEWLY TRANSPLANTED PLANTS
with Hasta Gro Organic Fertilizer or Super Thrive
with Hi Yield Ammonium Sulphate, organically with Hasta Gro, Maestro Rose Glo or Plant Tone
Please, Please, don’t kill the bees. They are one of the best sources we have to pollinate our fruits, vegetables, flowers and shrubs.
Water newly planted plants regularly, but take care not to overwater with cooler nighttime temperatures. Cut back on watering your established plants and lawn as temperatures cool down, since they use less water. If you are unsure when to water, use a moisture meter to take out the guesswork.
WATCH: Watering Basics with James
- Fall blooming plants that have finished their bloom like asters and mums.
- Remove spent blooms from annuals, like petunias, snapdragons and dianthus to encourage more bloom.
- Your hardy woody ornamentals to shape, not severely (so as not to encourage new tender growth)
WATCH: Trimming Mums for a Second Bloom with Sally