July 14 2007 Timely Tips




July 14, 2007

  • Windmill palm, Mexican fan palm, Sabal palm and Mediterranean fan palm are especially well-adapted to this area, and now is a good time to plant them. Palms require warm soil to establish their root systems.
  • This is the last chance to pinch back fall garden mums, blackberries, and poinsettias.
  • Remember when laying new sod; roll the turf to insure good soil-root contact and water thoroughly on a daily basis until the grass is established — in a week or 10 days. Bermuda grass still can be seeded; use the hybrid bermuda grass seed like Sahara.
  • Give special attention to water requirement of leafy garden plants such as coleus, caladiums, and elephant ears during hot, sunny periods. Maintain a two inch mulch layer throughout your landscape and gardens to reduce water needs and eliminate weeding. Water plants when needed and not according to the calendar or day of the week.
  • Prepare for fall gardening. Add about two-to-three inches of compost and three-to-four pounds of 19-5-9 slow release fertilizer every 100 square feet to the veggie beds and lightly work in.

David Rodriguez is County Extension Agent-Horticulture with Texas Cooperative Extension 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.

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