Fall gardening season is here! Time for Fall veggies and citrus, refreshing your landscape, and reviving your lawn. Here are our top 6 must-do’s right now for a beautiful Fall season.
Check out our September Garden Guide for more tips and remember that trees, shrubs, and perennials can be planted 12 months out of the year! The only difference is the amount of water they need depending on temperatures and wind!
1. Plant Veggies, Herbs, Citrus & Fruits!
Tomatoes, peppers, & warm weather edibles should be planted by now, or at least early this month. Plant cool weather veggies & herbs anytime this month and remember to shelter them from scorching sun and keep watered. Seeds of cool weather crops like turnips, beets, and radish should be started now. Carrots and greens should be planted later in September and into October. Save space for citrus trees, figs & other fruits to round off your garden grocery store.
2. Plant to Attract Hummingbirds & Migrating Birds
Did you know The Audubon Society has named Corpus Christi-Coastal Bend “America’s Birdiest City” 10 years in a row? This month starts the migration of hummers, Orioles, Flycatchers, Warblers, and Buntings. Here are some plants they enjoy! Have a clean water source too (like a fountain or birdbath) so they can stop for a drink.
- Hummingbirds– Firebush (hamelia patens), Firecracker Plant (Russelia)
- Orioles- blackberries, figs, coral bean, and slices of fruit attached to tree limbs
- Buntings– ornamental grasses & seed producing plants.
3. Refresh with Pruning!
Trim tired shrubs, roses, and perennials that have the “too much summer” look to them. Trimming removes that tired look and promotes new growth. Follow with a dose of organic plant food like Hasta Gro or Plant Tone to get them looking fresh again.
4. Plant Trees & Shrubs!
Plants that are cold hardy will benefit greatly by planting during our Fall season. They grow more roots, making them stronger and ready to “take off” next Spring. More roots, stronger plants, better success. Oak trees, Crape Myrtles, Hawthorns, Lantana, Plumbago, Boxwoods with a host of others should be planted starting this month.
5. Revive Your Lawn
Summer can be rough on area lawns. Watering is still vital. Top dressing with Nature’s Blend compost aids in deeper root systems and helps control some fungal diseases like Take All Root Rot. If you have chronic issues with weeds in your lawn, apply Bonide Weed & Crabgrass Preventer to prevent new weeds or Weed Beater Complete to help control existing weeds and prevent new ones.
6. Plant wildflower seeds!
September is the best time to plant wildflower seeds. Fall rains help wildflowers like Bluebonnets grow strong and have beautiful blooms next Spring. Choose an area with good sunlight cleared of weeds or unwanted plants. Rake clean, sow seeds, cover with soil, water.