October 24 2009 Timely Tips

GARDENING CALENDAR

TEXAS AGRILIFE EXTENSION SERVICE

BEXAR COUNTY BY DAVID RODRIGUEZ

October 24, 2009

If you have not done so, top-dressing your entire lawn turf with a ½ inch layer of fine compost and Texas greensand will definitely help mend damage suffered by our lawns during the drought. Applying these supplements will also encourage deeper grass roots, thereby conserving water needs over time.

If you are looking for colorful fall plants to add to the landscape, plant hardy perennials like Mexican mint marigold, giant cigar plant, hardy fall aster, copper canyon daisy and autumn sages. These plants will liven up anyone’s landscape before the colder winter season.

Replace cucumber vines with English peas, snow peas, and or sugar snaps. They will produce great in a mild winter.

Control caterpillar damage on leafy green vegetables with liquid Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki or Spinosad.

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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