It’s time to refresh and take a breath of fresh air. September is the start of Autumn. Pleasant weather, cool fronts, & rain are on the way; all things you and your garden will enjoy! Watch for new arrivals in our garden center! Add succulents, seeds, trees, pottery, indoor plants, & garden art to give your garden a fresh look!
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. Refresh with Flowers…
Fall is the BEST time to plant flowers! The tried and true: Petunias, Begonias, Alyssum, Zinnias, Marigolds, and the ever-popular Garden Mums. The new and improved Impatiens will be making their debut. Called XDR Impatiens, they are resistant to downy mildew disease which nearly wiped out Impatien walleriana from gardens around the world.
2. Plant Your Food
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.
3. Plant Trees, Shrubs & Perennials
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.
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 that with a dose of organic plant food like Hasta Gro or Plant Tone. Doing this early in the month gives them plenty of time to look “fresh” for upcoming holidays.
5. Keep Watering & A Watchful Eye
Keep up the water schedule for established lawns and gardens; once a week- slow and deep. Newer plantings will need watering more often. As our weather changes, it brings new life to South Texas. Enjoy watching for migrating butterflies & birds. Treat if you notice nuisance insects like army worms and mealybugs.