TEXAS AGRILIFE EXTENSION SERVICE
BEXAR COUNTY BY DAVID RODRIGUEZ
August 20, 2011
Cut back summer blooming perennials that are 60-80% bloomed out by about one- third. Lightly fertilize the plants with a granulated formulation and replenish their organic mulch.
For brilliant Halloween and Thanksgiving beauty, plant some large blooming orange and yellow blooming Taishan “Mari-Mum” marigolds that are lightly budded.
The fall vegetable garden should be in full gear in the next two months. If you have not done so, you can still plant heat setting tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant.
The fall beds should be weed free and rejuvenated with liberal amounts of finished compost and pre-plant granulated fertilizer.
If you have scale or mealybug problems on your plants, use a product containing acephate. Always follow label instructions
David Rodriguez is the County Extension Agent-Horticulture with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Bexar County. For more information, call the Master Gardener “Hotline” (210) 467-6575 or visit our County Extension website at http://bexar-tx.tamu.edu.