August 9 2008 Timely Tips

GARDENING CALENDAR

TEXAS AGRILIFE EXTENSION SERVICE

BEXAR COUNTY BY DAVID RODRIGUEZ

August 9, 2008

If your yard needs more trees, now is the time to research recommended varieties. Be sure to consider mature-size and heights for proper selection, purchase, and planting this fall.

Water pecan trees deeply and regularly every 7 to 10 days with one to two inches of water. This will help insure a potential nut crop for this season.

Prune summer blooming, shrubs and vines when they finish flowering by removing no more then one third of their existing canopy. Often times, this will encourage a new flush of growth and blooms throughout the fall season.

To keep hanging baskets looking attractive, soak them in a tub of water every few days in addition to regular daily watering. Fertilize baskets with a water-soluble fertilizer every 2-3 weeks.

Prepare garden soil now for fall vegetable transplants by adding two inches of compost and tilling to six-to-eight inches. For a complete listing of fall vegetable varieties, log on to www.bexar-tx.tamu.edu.

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 https://bexar-tx.tamu.edu.

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