September 17 2011 Timely Tips

GARDENING CALENDAR

TEXAS AGRILIFE EXTENSION SERVICE

BEXAR COUNTY BY DAVID RODRIGUEZ

September 17, 2011

Plant ‘Seascape’ Strawberry transplants now through October. Make sure from now to the end of December, that all flowers and long shoots are pinched off. This will put energy back into the plant’s crown to produce up to one pint of fruit per plant starting in April of next year.

A properly selected, well planted, and maintained tree will afford benefits such as energy and water conservation, improved air quality and reduced water run-off. Utilize the Texas Forest Service’s tree finder guide to help with the selection.

Incorporate generous amounts of enriched organic compost to all newly planted beds, shrubs, and trees. As well as a two inch top layer of an organic living mulch. This will build the soil, cut back on weeds and help insulate for the winter.

Build a compost pile to collect the upcoming falling autumn foliage as well as any excess yard or indoor kitchen waste. Visit Aggie Horticulture for more details.

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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