Prepare Your Garden Spaces for Fall Planting
- Clean areas of unwanted weeds and debris.
- Break up the soil and add organic matter like Cotton Burr Compost, and turn or till it in.
- Mix in dried molasses and organic fertilizer like Medina Growin’ Green.
- Water and let it rest until you are ready to plant.
- Keep it watered to encourage beneficial microbes in the soil.
Read: Organic Gardening
Fall Vegetable Seeds
Seeds of beans, cabbage, peas, winter squash, and turnips. Start in pots and then transplant to garden. Protect from intense heat and sun.
If you want pumpkins by Halloween, plant your seeds by August 10th.
Sow bluebonnet seeds now for spring bloom.
All tropicals including allamandas, mandevillas, palms, pentas, blue daze, hamelia, hibiscus, esperanza, and plumbago will continue growing and blooming.
Annuals such as zinnias, moss rose, gomphrena, purslane, periwinkles, caladium and coleus will continue to flourish.
Don’t forget that “house plants” are generally tropical in nature and love a nice shady or semi shady patio to put on the best show. Ficus, schefflera, corn plants, dracaenas, ivies, ponytail palms, and bromeliads all like heat and humidity.
- Continue removing faded flowers from annuals and perennials to encourage new blooms.
- Faded blooms and seed pods from crape myrtle to promote additional blooming
- Dead wood from trees and shrubs
- Trim plants as needed to maintain size and shape.
- Palms as needed
- Poinsettias early in month – last pruning for December color
- Check all newly planted material for water every day.
- Check pots, containers and hanging baskets often, as they dry out quickly and need more water.
- Apply mulch as needed to help conserve moisture.
- Make arrangements for someone to water if leaving for more than 2 days, especially with new plants.
- Follow City Water Restriction Guidelines.
All trees and shrubs
Fertilize organically with Milorganite, Medina Growin Green, or conventionally with Gill Lawn and Garden Fertilizer, Green Diamond Supreme Lawn Food.
Annuals and perennials
Fertilize organically with Medina Growin Green, or Hasta Gro, or conventionally with Osmocote Time Release Granules.
All hibiscus and tropical bloomers
Fertilize organically with Maestro Gro-Rose Glo, or conventionally with Hibiscus Food.
All granular fertilizer should be watered in well.
- Organic fertilizers such as Milorganite, and Medina Growin Green are excellent fertilizers that feed plants and soil and are the best choice during hot, dry periods.
- Lay new sod anytime, and Bermuda seed anytime this month.
- Apply organic Nature’s Blend, or conventional Hi Yield Iron Plus to yellow spots in lawn.
- Mow as required. Keep St. Augustine cut to about 3”, Bermuda at 1” – 2”.
- Watch for Chinch Bugs and Grub Worms.
- Water well every 7 to 10 days.
Watch Out For
Treat organically with Neem Oil or Insecticidal Soap, or conventionally with Cyonara or Bonide Systemic.
Read: Mealy Bugs are Here!
Chinch bugs in lawns
Treat organically with Spinosad or Diatomaceous Earth, or conventionally with Cyonara.
Treat organically with Neem Oil, Spinosad, or Insecticidal Soap, or conventionally with Cyonara or Bonide Systemic.
Note: Spraying your plants with seaweed extract helps repel spider mites, and it’s good for your plants too!
Fleas and ticks
Treat lawns organically with Spinosad, or Diatomaceous Earth, or or conventionally with Cyonara.
Borers in mesquites, cottonwoods, ash, and yucca.
Treat organically with Spinosad.
Fungus, Powdery Mildew
Treat organically with Neem Oil, or Bee Safe 3 in 1, or with Fertilome Broad Spectrum Fungicide, or Systemic Fungicide.
Unwanted caterpillars – remember that many caterpillars turn into the butterflies that we love and enjoy!
If necessary, treat organically with Thuricide or Spinosad.
- Read: Darn Those Summer Bugs!