August is the time to start getting ready for the Fall! (We can’t wait for fall.)
Now is the time to purchase fall vegetable transplants, perform fertilization and weed control for your Bermuda lawn. It’s also time to plan for for any improvements/remodels in your home’s landscaping and garden. Cooler temps are around the corner (we promise).
Fall Vegetables: Yes it’s time! Plant cucumbers, squash, corn and beans the first week, add broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and brussel sprouts mid month and end the month by planting leafy and root crops. (Come in to pick up your copy of Bruce Millers Vegetable planting dates!)
Annuals: Pentas, Angelonias…plant them in full sun in well-prepared soil to add color or revive the color in your beds.
Perennials: as these become available, start planting chrysanthemums, Fall Asters, Mexican Bush Sage, Mexican mint Marigolds and bulbs such as lilies and crocus! Summer bloomers, like periwinkles, are good choices for groundcover.
Shrubs: fill those empty spots in your landscape. Shrubs can provide color in your beds year round thru their foliage. Container grown shrubs and trees can be planted at any time of year. You simply have to give hand water them every 2-3 days to keep them looking their best.
Grass: Plant warm season grasses such as Bermuda, St. Augustine, Zoysia, and Buffalo grass. Water twice a day for the first 2–3 weeks. Remember, grass requires at least 4 hours of direct sunlight a day to thrive!
Herbs: Who can resist the smell of rosemary in the air as you brush against it? Plant herbs everywhere: in containers, in your vegetable or flower bed…anyplace they will have ample room to grow and get sufficient sunlight.
Visit the nursery to see our fall plants and vegetables.
Remove dead limbs and branches from trees. Use pruning sealer to seal cuts only on Oaks to prevent the spread of Oak Wilt.
Reshape shrubs with a light pruning to remove erratic growth. Avoid shearing whenever possible. Keep an eye out for spider mites.
Remove dead growth (flower heads, foliage, stems) from perennials and lanky, spindly stems from annuals, such as impatiens, lantana, copper plants and coleus.
We have the right gardening tools for the job in stock and we can tell you how best to use them.
Fertilize Bermuda with a quality all Nitrogen fertilizer formulated for N. Texas clay soils. You can use this same fertilizer on your trees, shrubs and flowering plants.
Here are some great tips on caring for your St. Augustine turf from the Texas Agricultural Extension Service.
Mow at recommended heights so your grass will not be stressed by the summer heat! For healthy lawns, St. Augustine should be mowed at 2 to 2.5 inches and Bermuda at 1.5 inches. Remember to check the city watering schedule before you set out your sprinklers.
You can use a high Nitrogen fertilizer everywhere: Lawn, trees, shrubs, container plants, annuals, perennials&emdash;just be sure it doesn’t contain a weed killer.
Add water soluble food to all container plants to keep them blooming.
Add iron/sulfur to any chlorotic plants (yellow leaves with dark green veins especially on new growth).
From conventional products to organic solutions, fertilizers are a specialty of Bruce Miller Nursery. Come in and we’ll show you how to best feed your yard and garden.