October 17 2009 Timely Tips

GARDENING CALENDAR

TEXAS AGRILIFE EXTENSION SERVICE

BEXAR COUNTY BY DAVID RODRIGUEZ

October 17, 2009

The Prepare beds for planting pansies when the soil has cooled. Pansies need an organically enriched, well-drained soil and exposure to at least six hours of direct sunlight. It is best to use transplants, as seeds are difficult to handle. Consider planting some of the newest selection of Matrix™ Morpheus pansies.

Sow wildflower seeds like bluebonnets this month. The seeds must make contact with the soil to germinate. Keep them moist until they sprout.

With rainy days and cooler nights, comes brown patch fungus disease in the turfgrass. Treat with F-Stop or Fungaway granules.

If you have nematode problems in your garden, forego a fall garden and go with Elbon rye. Add compost, fertilizer, till and seed.

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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