October is a fun month—the back to school frenzy is over, the great State Fair of Texas has begun, Halloween is right around the corner and the days are filled with sunshine and comfortable temperatures!

Devote some time to your landscape…whether it is performing needed maintenance, designing new beds and outdoor living areas, or preparing for early spring color in your beds.

Plant

dianthusAnnuals: Pansies, dianthus, snapdragons or ornamental cabbage/kale/swiss chard…plant them in full sun in well-prepared soil to liven up your landscape.

Shrubs: This is the BEST time to plant these hard working plants! By planting now you allow them time to establish strong healthy root systems before they endure any summer heat stress. Use colorful evergreen shrubs to provide interest in your beds year round.

Perennials: Dig and divide Spring flowering perennials; add chrysanthemums, and walk thru our perennial greenhouse and wake up your beds with something different!

Bulbs: For the earliest show of color, add bulbs to your landscape. Choose from Dutch Iris, Muscari, Hyacinth, Lycoris, Narcissus, Anemone, Tulip, and Crocus bulbs. Remember that Tulips and Hyacinths require 6 weeks of chilling before planting.

Grass: Seed with Ryegrass for a green lawn this winter.

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…anywhere they will have ample room to grow and get sufficient sunlight.

Prune

roses-pruneRemove dead limbs/branches from trees while there is enough foliage to help you identify weak or dead limbs.

Cut surface roots if they are a hazard to people, pavements, or foundations. This allows the tree to develop new roots before the heat of the summer.

Reshape shrubs with a light pruning to remove erratic growth. Avoid shearing whenever possible.

Remove dead growth (flower heads, foliage, stems) from perennials and lanky, spindly stems from annuals such as impatiens, lantana, copper plants and coleus.

Mow at recommended heights so your grass will not be stressed. For healthy lawns, St. Augustine should be mowed at 2-2.5 inches and Bermuda at 1.5 inches.

Lawns

Apply a good quality pre-emergent (we recommend Fertilome Turf & Ornamental Weed & Grass Stopper) to prevent both pesky weeds such as crabgrass, broadleaf weeds and grassy weeds.

Follow up with an application of fertilizer such as Fertilome Southwest Greenmaker which is formulated for our alkaline soils.

Spread dried Molasses and humate to complete the feeding of your healthy lawn, and to help revive an ailing one

Fertilize

You can use a high Nitrogen fertilizer everywhere: Lawn, trees, shrubs, container plants, annuals, perennials; just be sure it doesn’t contain a weed killer.

Add water soluble food to all container plants to keep them blooming.

Add iron or sulphur to any chlorotic plants (yellow leaves with dark green veins especially on new growth).

Come see us at the nursery for the RIGHT product for your landscape problem!

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